Grumman Goose missing in BC . . .


Pacific Coastal Grumman Goose is missing on Vancouver Island with 7 persons on board.

News reports state a passenger has been making calls to a third party to attempt to identify his location.

Local News

Pacific Coastal Airlines is based in Port Hardy British Columbia, and operate 5 Grumman Goose, 2 Beavers, 4 Beech 1900C and 3 SAAB 340.


News Update

Crash scene has been located, aircraft reported as fully consumed by fire.
No word on the 7 persons on board???

Pacific Coastal Airlines Grumman G-21A Goose


Those things look slow.

Is that the same plane?:


Two persons rescued, including the person who was text messaging a friend. His phone was not receiving messages.

Latest information is 5 persons did not survive the crash, including the pilot.

Local Vancouver News



About 160 kts cruise. It ain’t fast, but it’s cooooool!


Here is video of a take-off attempt in a goose that is decidedly uncool!


That’s a heartbreaking video for any of us that love amphibians.

IIRC, that plane made a forced landing on that river due to engine problems and after repair the owner wanted to make an attempt to fly it out of there even though the river didn’t offer an adequate straight stretch. This video shows the result of that attempt.



Downed Goose is C-GPCD. 2 survivors, 5 fatalities. Crashed 10 minutes after takeoff, no Mayday.


Looks like the throttles got stuck wide open.


What gets me from looking at that video is a few of the people on shore just seemed to stand there and watch. Getting the heck away might have been a better idea.


More likely the crew was too busy hanging on to the yokes for dear life to bother reaching up to the overhead to yank the throttles back!


Here’s truth to the famous Goose incident. My father knows the parties involved. The whole story can be found on Alexis Parks site. Same pilot was at the controls of this famous incident.

On the first day, the Goose took off from the airport. The plan was to fly
out to Cabo Velas, return along Playa Grande and land in the bay near
Tamarindo estuary, where the crew would board, then to take off on their

The camera crew set up on Tamarindo Beach, ready to shoot the approach and landing for the movie. But instead of flying from Cabo Velas, approaching Tamarindo from the west along the Playa Grande coastline, the big Grumman twin came roaring down the river from the north, putting on a show for the camera. On board were the pilot, “Hoot” Gibson, and local resident and California board shaper, the late Mike “Doc” Diffenderfer.

Approaching Tamarindo, the pilot started a right turn to follow the
estuary, but his height was insufficient. Presumably he suddenly became
aware of the power lines which cross the river at that point, and was
forced to fly below them. The right pontoon caught the water, and jerked
the aircraft to the right. Overcorrecting, the pilot put the left float
into the water, and the aircraft swerved to that side.

Gibson applied full take-off power to get the aircraft back into the air,
but it careered from the river onto the beach, where it ground-looped and
came to a stop. The whole incident was filmed, and eventually became part of the movie.

“At this point,” said August, “we saw fuel spraying from the aircraft onto
the sand, and there was a distinct danger of a fire or explosion. As we
approached the 'plane, the doors opened and Hoot and Doc jumped out,
fortunately both unhurt. From a nearby beach house, a resident came
running, carrying a big club and shouting at the pilot that he was in a
national park, and polluting the beach. We managed to calm him down, and the incident ended at that point.”


Hmmm! I enjoyed both stories!

A Supersonic B727, and an outa control Goose explained. Thanx.


Hoot Gibson!not

That’s a very interesting story, but it’s a takeoff gone bad, not a landing. From the initial frame of the movie the plane is on the step and planing, not airborne at any time.


How funny!

Good story nonetheless.