Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cessna 180A, C-FJRC: Accident occurred July 09, 2012 at Pigeon Lake, ON - Canada

A 72-year-old North York man has died after the float plane he was piloting crashed during takeoff in Peterborough County Monday, July 9.

Police said the Cessna 180A struck a barge from Camp Maple Leaf near Gannon's Narrows Marina on Pigeon Lake around 3 p.m.

The plane had refueled at the marina just prior to the crash.

Roy Crocker, the pilot and lone occupant of the plane, was taken to Peterborough Regional Health Centre where he died early Wednesday.

There were seven people, but no children, on the barge at the time of the crash. A 17-year-old employee of Camp Maple Leaf suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was also taken to PRHC for treatment. "She is in good condition," Ontario Provincial Police Const. Iain McEwan said.

The OPP and the Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

"They're hoping to get the aircraft out of the water some time today," McEwan said Wednesday, July 11.

The constable wouldn't speculate on the cause of the collision.

Crocker lived about two blocks west of Victoria Park Avenue in North York, police said.



A plane that crashed into Pigeon Lake is moved upright by crews trying to remove the plane from the water. 

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