A stock photo of a Cessna 182, the same type of plane that has crashed near Smithers Landing. (CBC/Shutterstock)

A stock photo of a Cessna 182, the same type of plane that has crashed near Smithers Landing. (CBC/Shutterstock)

SMITHERS — The British Columbia coroner says it is investigating three fatalities after a small plane crashed northeast of Smithers.

Andy Watson, the spokesman for the B.C. Coroners Service, says in a statement that the service is investigating the death of the pilot and two passengers after the Cessna 182 went down on Saturday.

He says a fourth person who was on the plane survived the crash and was taken to a Vancouver hospital.

Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Sophie Wistaff says a team of investigators is at the site and will be gathering information and evidence looking into what may have caused the crash.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said it received a transmission from the plane’s emergency locator Saturday morning, prompting a search about 100 kilometres northeast of Smithers.

When the site was found, a rescue technician was lowered by cable from a helicopter to check for survivors and the operation was turned over to police.

The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press