FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Transportation Safety Board are continuing their investigation into a float plane crash that claimed the life of a Fort St. John resident last weekend.
The crash happened on Saturday, June 4th at approximately 9:00 PM near Williston Lake when the single-engined aircraft crashed into hilly terrain near the reservoir. Witnesses to the crash then notified the RCMP, who are investigating the incident in cooperation with the BC Coroner’s Service and the TSB.
The float plane involved in the incident was a Wag-Aero Sport, which is an amateur-built aircraft, according to the TSB’s Regional Manager of Aviation Accident Investigation, Bill Yearwood. Yearwood says that according to witness statements passed on by police and the Coroner’s Service, the accident apparently occurred when the pilot attempted a manoeuvre that resulted in the plane entering into a stall from which the pilot was unable to recover before the plane impacted with a hillside near the lake. After looking at the statements provided to him, Yearwood said that accident does not appear to have been caused by any mechanical malfunction with the plane, saying that witness statements are consistent with an accident where loss of control was the lead cause.
Energeticcity.ca attempted to but was unable to reach a spokesperson from the BC Coroner’s Service for an update on their investigation.