Steven Price, 72 (left), and son Doug Price are pictured in this 2013 Facebook photo hoisting their catches on a dock at Ole’s Hakai Pass Fishing Lodge. Steven Price died last week after a float pair carrying the father-and-son pair went down on B.C.’s Addenbroke Island Friday. The pair were headed to the fishing lodge for an annual trip.
An American killed in a B.C. float plane crash last week was en route to a remote B.C. fishing lodge, an annual tradition lasting nearly three decades.Steven Price, 72, the owner of Coastal Steel Inc. was killed when a float plane went down Friday on Addenbroke Island, according to Rich Weatherbee, the Tacoma company’s controller and longtime friend of the family.Price’s son, Doug, sustained serious injuries to his legs and is in hospital in Vancouver, Weatherbee said. Both are residents of Graham in Washington state.The Cessna 208 Caravan, with nine people on board, was bound for Ole’s Hakai Pass Fishing Lodge on July 26 before crashing around 11 a.m.
A float plane has crashed off Addenbroke Island off the west coast of B.C.
Steven and Doug were en route to the lodge as part of an annual trip.“They were talking and having a good time and all of a sudden (Doug) looked out the window and saw trees and knew he was in trouble,” Weatherbee told Tacoma’s News Tribune. “It was only a matter of seconds later they hit the tree tops and went down.”On Tuesday, the B.C. Coroners Service confirmed the nationalities and ages of the four people killed in last week’s float plane crash on Addenbroke Island but would not share names, citing provincial privacy legislation.Those dead include a man in his 50s from Vancouver – earlier identified by friends and family as pilot Al McBain – a man in his 70s from Washington state – identified Tuesday as Steven Price – a man in his 40s from South Carolina and a man in his 60s from Germany.
Pilot Al McBain died Friday when the Cessna 208 Caravan he was flying crashed on Addenbroke Island.
Five others on board the Seair Seaplane aircraft were injured. Two were airlifted to Vancouver in critical condition, while three others remained at local hospitals in serious but stable condition.“We hope to move (Doug) down here to Harborview as soon as he’s stabilized,” Weatherbee said.Doug is the secretary-treasurer and estimator for Coastal Steel, Weatherbee said. The company erects steel-framed structures and has built Fred Meyer, Walmart and Ikea buildings, he said. Steven Price started the company in 2005.In a 2013 blog post on Ole’s website, Doug and his father Steven were celebrated for having fished with Ole’s for 20 years.A photo linked to the July 2013 blog post featured father and son beaming on a dock as they hoist two massive fish in front of an Ole’s Hakai Pass sign.The Transportation Safety Board has investigators at the crash site, about 100 kilometres north of Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island.–With files from The Canadian Press, the Tacoma News Tribune