Photo:  Two people walked away from this plane crash in Fort Nelson – Judith Kenyon Fort Nelson News

Tuesday afternoon the Fort Nelson RCMP responded to a call that a small plane crashed at the Fort Nelson Airport.

At 3:31pm Fort Nelson RCMP, Fort Nelson Fire Rescue and the BC Ambulance service were advised that a small plane had crashed at the FN Airport.  Upon arrival at the airport, emergency services were directed to the crash scene by a Qwest helicopter hovering over the crash scene approximately 100 metres off the runway in the bush.

When emergency services personnel hiked into the crash scene they located the Piper Pacer with it’s two occupants standing next to the plane waiting for assistance.

Both occupants were very fortunate to have suffered only minor injuries considering the extensive damage to the plane as a result of the impact hitting trees, ground and finally flipping onto it’s back.

Both occupants were transported to the Fort Nelson General Hospital with minor injuries.  The 60 year old pilot and his 54 year old wife from Schenectady, New York were flying their two seat Piper Pacer to Alaska.

The couple departed Portland, Oregon quite early Tuesday morning stopping over in Fort Nelson to take on fuel before continuing their journey.  The pilot advised police that while attempting to takeoff, approximately 200 feet off the ground the plane began to lose power descending rapidly, crashing into the bush approximately 100 metres southeast of the main Fort Nelson runway.

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