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Three dead in B.C. plane crash
Last Updated: Saturday, October 27, 2007 | 3:31 PM ET
Three people are dead after a small plane crash in British Columbia.
The plane went down just after 7 p.m. MT Friday, after the pilot reported he had lost engine power.
The Piper Malibou, a single engine aircraft, was en route from Salem, Oregon, to Springbank, Alta., just outside Calgary.
Search and Rescue officials said the pilot tried to glide to Fairmont, B.C., but altered course to nearby Invermere. Then they lost contact with the plane.
Satellite systems pinpointed the crash site in a mountain valley.
Captain Aaron Twa, with B.C.'s Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said a Search and Rescue Cormorant helicopter arrived on the scene within 90 minutes.
Three rescue experts were hoisted down into the valley where the Piper was spotted.
“It is a valley adjacent to the Columbia River Valley so it’s a relatively mountainous terrain with mountains into the 8,000 to 9,000 foot range,” Twa said.
The three passengers aboard were all found dead.
Their names and hometowns are not yet being released.