A small plane crash in B.C.’s coastal interior has killed one man and left four others injured.
Forty-two-year-old Leonard Michael Banga from Saskatoon has been identified as the man who died.
B.C. Coroners Service says Banga was the pilot of the airplane.
Bill Yearwood with the Transportation Safety Board says the five men on board had been heading to a lodge for a hunting trip.
“The occupants, five males, apparently going for a hunting expedition, all apparently from Saskatchewan. The aircraft was registered to numbered company in Saskatchewan.”
Burns Lake RCMP says the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver went down about 120 km southwest of Vanderoof around 9:30 yesterday morning, about half an hour after taking off from the Vanderhoof Airport.
It had been destined for Laidman lake, about 80 km northeast of Anahim Lake.
One of the survivors used a cell phone to call for help, resulting in aircraft from CFB Comox being deployed.
A CFB Search and Rescue team parachuted into the site to provide first aid, and a second SAR team from Vanderhoof arrived by helicopter to extract the deceased victim.
He says while it’s too early to speculate on what might have caused the crash, the weather at the time was reasonably good considering search and rescue teams were able to parachute in.
All of the survivors were flown to Anahim Lake. Three were then sent to the Lower Mainland for treatment and one to Kamloops.
The Transportation Safety board and the BC Coroners Service were dispatched to the scene to investigate.