Friends remember pilot killed in floatplane crash north of Vancouver Island

WatchFriends and co-workers are pouring in their tributes over social media for the man believed to be the pilot of the chartered float plane that crashed off the northern tip of Vancouver Island on Friday. Al McBain is being described by friends as a great guy, and good friend. Kori Sidaway has the latest.

Some on social media are remembering their friend, who they say was the pilot killed in the floatplane crash north of Vancouver Island Friday.

Social media posts have identified the pilot as Al McBain.

“RIP my friend. I’ll always remember your patience with me in the air and the great banter about anything and everything,” said one friend on Facebook.

“He lived life to the fullest. Al you will be missed,” said another.

Officials have not yet released any names from the crash, as they are still notifying next of kin.

The Cessna 208 floatplane he was allegedly flying went down on Addenbroke Island, approximately 100 kilometres north of Port Hardy, just after 11 a.m. Friday.

The plane was carrying nine people and was going to Calvert Island, which is north of Port Hardy and south of Bella Bella.

Four people died and five are in hospital.

The plane was being operated by Seaair Seaplanes, which is based out of Richmond B.C.

During the time of the crash there was low visibility and light rain.

Experts say the region is known to be difficult to navigate, especially in tough weather.

A CH-149 Cormorant rescue helicopter and a CC-115 Buffalo patrol plane from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron based in Comox responded to the crash.

B.C. Ferries’ Northern Sea Wolf vessel also responded to the incident while it was on its route.

JRCC says all casualties arrived at Port Hardy after the incident, but further details are not being released due to privacy.

BC Emergency Health Service says two of the survivors are in critical condition.

The other three are stable, but serious condition.

“The thoughts of the BC Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union are with the victims of this crash, their families, and the passengers and crew of the Northern Seawolf and other first responders to this incident,” Graeme Johnson, provincial president of the union, said in a statement.

“At this time it is too early to speculate as to the cause of the crash,” Cpl. Chris Manseau, division media relations officer for BC RCMP, said in a statement.

Premier John Horgan tweeted his condolences following the crash and thanked the Coast Guard, BC Ferries, medical staff and others on scene.

“My thoughts are with those affected by this tragic accident,” Horgan said.

Anyone with information on the crash or anyone who may have been a witness can call Bella Bella RCMP at 250-957-2388.

The Transportation Safety Board also deployed a team to the scene.

Al McBain flying an aircraft (Photo: Facebook)


Recent Stories

Send us your news tips and videos!