The Victoria Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre says two people have been flown to hospital after a small plane crashed on a beach on Vargas Island near Tofino.

Rescuers responded after a call came in at 1:28pm Tuesday afternoon.

The JRCC says a fixed-wheel RV6A plane with two people on board made a hard landing on the beach at Ahous Bay. The Coast Guard cutter Cape Ann was dispatched from Tofino while local paramedics also raced to the scene via water taxi.

Both patients were stabilized before being transported to hospital by a Cormorant helicopter from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron based at CFB Comox.

No further information about their injuries or condition was immediately available.

Keith Vass