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UPDATED: Pilot involved in Crawford Bay plane accident trying to abort landing

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
September 1st, 2014

Bill Yearwood, with the Transport Safety Board’s Pacific region, told the Edmonton Journal the pilot involved Saturday’s plane accident in Crawford Bay decided to execute a rejected landing and attempted to take off again.

“Something was not right on the landing and the pilot elected to abort the landing. During that takeoff from the aborted landing, the aircraft contacted trees and tragically crashed,” Yearwood said.

“(The pilot) had serious injuries, but we believe he will survive,” Yearwood added.

The accident happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday night when the Cessna 172 registered to an Edmonton man was attempting to make a landing on the airstrip.

The short Crawford Bay runway is located across Highway 3A from the Kokanee Springs Golf Course.

Witnesses who saw the crash rushed to the scene of the plane that ended up on the six fairway of the Kokanee Springs golf course.

They helped the male pilot and female passenger from the plane before the Cessna 172  burst into flames. It is believed the female passenger may have died on impact.

The RCMP and BC Coroners Office continue to investigate the accident.

Crawford Bay is located on the east side of Kootenay Lake, approximately 75 kilometres north on Highway 3A from Creston.

Crawford Bay plane crash kills one

A small plane crashed near the Kokanee Spring Golf Course in Crawford Bay Saturday night, killing one person and seriously injuring another person.

News sources said the plane is registered to an Edmonton man.

The small aircraft was departing the Crawford Bay Airport on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake Saturday when it crashed.

RCMP have confirmed one person has died in the crash and the pilot suffered burns and was medevaced from the scene and is being treated at the hospital.

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