3 dead, 5 hurt in Vancouver Island plane crash

CBC News

A coroner’s inquest will look into a plane crash on Vancouver Island that killed three and injured five on Saturday.

The Sonicblue Airways plane was carrying seven adults and a baby when it crashed outside Port Alberni on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The flight from Tofino to Vancouver went down as it approached the airport in Port Alberni.

The pilot of the nine-seater Cessna radioed for an emergency landing, but the airport lost contact with the plane just before the crash.

Capt. Cheryl Robinson of Canadian Forces expected three of the five who were flown to a Comox hospital would be flown to Victoria Sunday.

They are listed in critical condition.

The names of those involved will be released after the next of kin are told.

A Canadian Forces plane flying in the area saw the Cessna, and two rescuers parachuted from a search-and-rescue helicopter to the crash site. Two others landed with the helicopter.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating.

Sonicblue, based in Richmond, B.C., flies charter and scheduled routes.


My condolences to the Friends and Families… :cry: