A happy ending for three people whose plane crashed yesterday en route from Pitt Meadows to Pemberton.
Captian Gregory Clarke with the Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre says crews spotted the plane after getting a tip late this afternoon about an aircraft on an icefield northwest of Callaghan Lake.
“Not far from the aircraft we located three survivors, all in fairly decent shape who had spent the evening out there obviously, and our helicopters transported them back to Pitt Meadows where they were based.”
He says the tip reportedly originated from a snowmobiler in the area who spotted the plane yesterday, but it took until today to trickle up to rescuers.
Clarke says it was a close call, but the three escaped with just minor injuries.
“Apparently they were just a bit dehydrated, but otehrwise still in fairly decent shape. The details of what happened will come out in the investigation, but certainly by a lot of cases it’s rough terrain. It’s a very fortunate outcome.”
He says it’s unclear how the crash happened, and that the Transportation Safety Board will now be investigating.
Clarke says the three were dehydrated — but otherwise not seriously hurt.
No word yet on what may have caused the crash.
The small plane was reported missing Sunday, after it failed to return as scheduled by noon.
The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre was notified by the RCMP at 7:30pm Sunday, and the search began.
A Buffalo aircraft and Cormorant helicopter from CFB Comox participated in the search looking for the plane, beginning in the Indian Arm area before moving to the Whistler-Pemberton region where the survivors were found.