A float plane that crashed on Addenbroke Island Friday was bound for Ole’s, a popular fishing lodge in the Hakai Pass.
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A float plane that crashed on Addenbroke Island on Friday was bound for a popular fishing lodge in Hakai Pass.When contacted Sunday, a woman who answered the phone for Ole’s Hakai Pass Fishing Lodge said “no comment” when asked if the plane was carrying its guests bound for the remote but popular lodge.A statement provided via email Monday confirmed the plane’s destination.“Ole’s can confirm that the float plane that crashed on Addenbroke Island was destined for Ole’s Fishing Lodge,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with our guests and their families.“We have no details to provide at this time to allow our guests and their families time to process this tragedy.”The Cessna 208 Caravan left Vancouver and was bound for Ole’s on Friday before crashing around 11 a.m. while carrying one pilot and eight passengers.To date, four people have been confirmed dead. Two were airlifted to Vancouver in critical condition, while three others were in serious but stable condition and remain at local hospitals.Weather records show it was raining at the time the plane crashed.
A float plane has crashed off Addenbroke Island off the west coast of B.C.
Ole’s Hakai Pass Fishing Lodge is near Calvert Island; the company’s website advertises fishing for trophy salmon and halibut in fishing packages that begin with a two-hour float plane ride from Vancouver to its picturesque location.Many of Ole’s guests are returning visitors who make fishing in Hakai Pass an annual tradition; Ole’s celebrates its return guests by inducting them into the Decade Club, with at least five members joining the prestigious 20 Years Club.A Facebook page associated with the lodge featured an image of a Seair float plane as recently as July 19.The B.C. Coroners Service provided an emailed statement Monday, updating the status of its investigation into the deaths.“The recovery of the deceased is now complete and they are being transported by federal agencies for examination by a coroner to confirm identification,” spokesman Andy Watson said in an email. “Until that process is complete, we will not be able to provide age ranges or hometowns of the decedents.”On Sunday, the pilot of the float plane was identified as having died in the crash, via online tributes by friends.Pilot Al McBain had been flying with the Seair Seaplanes family for more than 15 years at the time of Friday’s crash, said company spokeswoman Kim Haakstad in an email.“We are awaiting information from authorities and not in the position to provide any additional information at this time,” she wrote. “This is out of compassion for the families and loved ones of those involved.”
Pilot Al McBain is pictured in this Facebook photo posted in a tribute by Mike McElroy.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is now investigating. A three-person team arrived Sunday to the uninhabited island, about 100 kilometres north of Port Hardy.The TSB is an independent agency that investigates incidents to improve the safety of air, marine, rail and pipeline transportation.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the efforts of Canadian Coast Guard crews who responded to Friday’s plane crash.Trudeau, who’s in Vancouver to mark the completion of renovations at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, says his thoughts are with those involved, their families and their friends, and he thanked the members of the coast guard who helped on the scene.The Kitsilano coast guard base was shut down by the former Conservative government in 2013, then reopened shortly after the Liberal government took power in firstname.lastname@example.org/stephanie_ip-With files from The Canadian Press