PORT HARDY, B.C. — The wreckage of a Cessna float plane has been found in Strachan Bay on British Columbia’s central coast two days after it crashed, killing all three aboard.
Cpl. Alex Bérubé says in an email that a crew with the RCMP West Coast Marine Service located the wreckage as it conducted a search of the crash site.
An RCMP dive team is on its way to Strachan Bay to assist with further recovery efforts.
The Transportation Safety Board confirmed it is also sending investigators.
The plane went down Wednesday on a flight from a central coast logging camp to Port Hardy, 50 kilometres to the south.
An initial search after the crash was first reported turned up no sign of wreckage or survivors and police said they believed the plane sank.
RCMP confirmed Friday morning the wreckage had since been located but there was still no sign of survivors and no bodies have been recovered.
The floatplane was hired from a coastal air charter business called Air Cab, based in Coal Harbour.
When reached, president Joel Eilerstein called the situation a “tragic accident” and confirmed the identity of the pilot as Patrick Lehman, though he could not confirm the names of the two passengers. All were said to live in or near Port Hardy.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2022.