Posted: May 13, 2012 9:12 PM PT, Last Updated: May 14, 2012 9:38 AM PT
Officials confirm 1 dead and 2 other people not expected to have survived
It is feared three people were killed in a float plane crash about 25 kilometres southwest of Kelowna in the Okanagan region of B.C. on Sunday evening.
The single-engine de Havilland Beaver float plane went down in a heavily wooded area on an embankment below Highway 97C about seven kilometres west of the intersection of Brenda Mines Road around 6:45 p.m. PT.
On Sunday night emergency officials confirmed that at least one person died in the crash, but were waiting to access the site again on Monday morning before confirming the fate of the two other people.
Crews from B.C. Ambulance and the West Kelowna Fire Department responded to the crash, but officials say they do not believe anyone could have survived the fiery crash and they expect to begin the recovery effort on Monday morning.
The Transportation Safety Board was sending investigators to the scene to examine the crash site to determine a cause.
The plane was reportedly on a day trip from Pitt Meadows, east of Vancouver. It had departed Kelowna on its return trip when witnesses said they saw it flying low over the trees, according to RCMP Const. Claudette St. Thomas.
“They noticed that the airplane turned around and started heading back towards the Merritt area as if it were looking for a landing area, possibly the highway and … the plane went down.”
Weather conditions were good at the time of the crash.
The plane was carrying five people when it left Pitt Meadows, but Capt. Greg Clarke from the Joint Rescue Centre in Victoria said only three were on board for the return flight when it crashed.
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