UPDATED: BC Coroners Service confirms identity of pilot killed in plane crash
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a male pilot who died when his private aircraft crashed near Williams Lake Saturday (June 30) as 77-year-old Montague (Monty) Edward Exton.
Exton, of Williams Lake, was the lone occupant of a privately owned Cessna 185 Float Plane reported missing after he failed to return from a routine flight that evening.
Search and Rescue personnel located the aircraft at a crash site on the bank of the Fraser River and confirmed Exton deceased at the scene.
The BC Coroners Service, with the assistance of the Transportation Safety Board and the RCMP, is continuing to investigate this death.
Float plane accident near Williams Lake claims pilot
Williams Lake RCMP confirm the pilot from an overdue float plane died in the crash Saturday north of the B.C. Interior City.
Saturday, at 9:55 p.m. the Williams Lake RCMP were advised of an overdue float plane.
The private plane had departed Williams Lake around 1:40 p.m. and was due to return to Williams Lake at 5 p.m.
Search and Rescue were advised and a fixed wing aircraft and helicopter were dispatched from Comox B.C.
An aerial search was conducted and a downed float plane was located approximately nine kilometers northwest of Williams Lake, near the Fraser River.
Examination of the scene confirmed the pilot, who was the lone occupant of this aircraft, did not survive the crash.
The investigation is now being lead by the BC Coroners Service with assistance from the RCMP.
The name of the pilot is not being released at this time.