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Pilot sends distress call before 'hard landing' in Pitt Lake

Last Updated May 20, 2020 at 2:16 pm PST

FILE - Coquitlam RCMP was called near Nicola Place and Ranger Lane at 12:50 p.m. Saturday. May 17, 2020. (Courtesy Coquitlam RCMP)

A small plane crashed this afternoon around 2:15, at the south end of Pitt Lake

The sole occupant survived and suffered no injuries

The damaged plane has been towed to a nearby island for the Transportation Safety Board to take a look

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — The pilot of a small plane sent out a mayday distress call before a hard landing into Pitt Lake, in Coquitlam Tuesday afternoon.

The pilot did not suffer any injuries but Coquitlam RCMP’s Cpl. Michael McLaughlin tells NEWS 1130 the investigation into the cause is ongoing.

“At this point, we’ve got a plane that is meant to float on water that’s still floating on water though it is damaged and no injuries,” he says. “So until we do a little more investigating with the help of [the Transportation Safety Board], it’s hard to know exactly what happened.”

McLaughlin also says calling the incident a crash rather than a hard landing comes down to semantics.

He adds something went a little bit awry since the plane since the “flying boat is a type of plane that can land on its hull and it’s our information that this plane was designed to land in water,” McLaughlin says.

The damaged plane has been towed to a nearby island.