A water bomber has crashed while filling up with water at a lake in the Cariboo.
Bill Yearwood is with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
“We understand about 2:50 Pacific Daylight Time, a Conair Fireboss, which is a single engine amphibious water bomber ran into trouble on Puntzi lake. The aircraft sank, but the pilot was able to get out.”
Yearwood says the pilot is now in hospital in Williams Lake with some minor injuries.
He says they don’t know why the plane crashed yet.
Yearwood says an insurance company has been given the go ahead to go into the lake and try to recover the plane.
Despite a crashed air tanker in the Cariboo provincial officials say BC’s fire fighting fleet will not be seriously impacted.
Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says there are three other ‘Fire Boss’ aircraft operated by Conair.
“The group involved has been brought back to Williams Lake in terms of the aircraft. Obviously there is going to be some debriefing and stuff going on there. We still have a pretty robust group of air tankers across the province.”
So how many air tankers do we have to fight BC’s 200-plus wildfires?
“So air tankers 16. As well as 8 bird dogs, which are the command and control aircraft that go out with them. Right now we also have two extra water skimming aicraft from Ontario. They arrived in Kamloops Tuesday and they are currently stationed on Vancouver island.”
As well the Mars water bomber has also been pulled back into duty and is awaiting deployment.