Thursday, June 13, 2013

Piper PA-14 Family Cruiser, C-FXOB: Accident occurred June 13, 2013 at Cameron McIntosh Airport, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada

Charles "Chuck" Buchanan, 63 (left) and his son Shane Buchanan, 43 were killed when Shane's float plane crashed in North Battleford Thursday.
Supplied photo, courtesy the Whitehorse Star


 
North Battleford RCMP covered the wreckage of a Piper PA14 aircraft that crashed at the Cameron McIntosh Airport in North Battleford with a tarp.
Photo Credit: Gord Waldner , The StarPhoenix




 
Royal Canadian Mounted Police  are not allowing any access to the Cameron McIntosh Airport after a airplane crashed there this morning. Photograph by: Gord Waldner, The StarPhoenix



 
Royal Canadian Mounted Police blocking road to airport where 2 people died in a plane crash. 
Geoff Smith/CJNB


Shane Buchanan, the 40-year-old owner of an outfitting company that specialized in hunting trips to Northern B.C., and his 63-year-old father Charles “Chuck” Buchanan were killed Thursday when a small float plane crashed at Cameron McIntosh Airport in North Battleford. 


The crash happened around 10:20 a.m., said Battlefords RCMP Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky

The single-engine float plane, a Piper PA-14, took off from a small lake just metres north of the airport terminal and crashed just 200 metres north of the lake before it could complete its ascent. The plane started on fire within moments of hitting the ground, Grabinsky said.

“Emergency was very quick to attend to the location and put the fire out as soon as possible. The plane was entirely engulfed in flames when fire services, ambulances and RCMP arrived,” he said.

There were people at the hangars and the terminal who witnessed the crash, he said.

The identities of the two dead men were confirmed to the Whitehorse Star by RCMP Thursday after the family had been notified.

Shane was owner-operator of Moon Lake Outfitters, based in Whitehorse. According to the company website, he grew up in the Canadian North as part of a family of hunters. He is survived by a wife and two children.

The occupants were removed from the scene mid-afternoon and media were allowed on the runway shortly after.

The plane was covered in a blue tarp when media arrived. The tarp was placed over the plane to protect the investigation as rain and wind hit North Battleford shortly after the crash.

It was only lightly raining at the time of the crash, Grabinsky noted.

Airport staff were unavailable for comment Thursday and the airport has been shut down.

It will remain closed until investigations by the RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are completed and the plane can be removed from the area.

“We do not want to risk any further endangerment. The runway is in direct line with the location of the crash. We would like to ensure the safety of all and therefore the airport is not accepting planes at this time,” Grabinsky said.

Two investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada will leave from Winnipeg Friday morning by car, and are expected to arrive on the scene Friday evening, said Chris Krepski, spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. The plane was headed to Whitehorse.

This is the second fatal small plane crash in as many days in Canada. On Wednesday night, a Cessna 337 crashed just outside Crawford Bay, BC, killing the sole occupant, according to the Canadian Press. The plan was bound for La Ronge, Sask.

Cameron McIntosh Airport is about 2.8 kilometres east of North Battleford, and is owned by the city. There are no commercial flights out of the airport.
 

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Shane Buchanan, owner of an outfitting company that specialized in hunting trips to Northern B.C., was one of two people killed in a small float plane crashed at Cameron McIntosh Airport in North Battleford. 

The crash happened around 10:20 a.m., according to Brian Wilson, deputy fire chief for North Battleford Fire and Emergency Services.

The single-engine float plane, a Piper PA-14, took off from a lake near the airport, according to Chris Krepski, spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. It was bound for Whitehorse.

It crashed shortly after, about 200 metres from the takeoff point, according to Wilson.

By the time fire crews arrived, the plane had been engulfed by flame. The fires were quickly extinguished and the two passengers were found inside.

RCMP confirmed Buchanan's identity Thursday afternoon after his family had been notified.

Buchanan was owner-operator of Moon Lake Outfitters, based in Whitehorse. According to the company website, he grew up in the Canadian North as part of a family of hunters. He is survived by a wife and two children.

The other occupant, whose identity is not yet known, was not from North Battleford according to Mayor Ian Hamilton.

Two investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada will leave from WInnipeg Friday morning by car, and are expected to arrive on the scene Friday evening, said Krepski.

This is the second fatal small plane crash in as many days in Canada. On Wednesday night, a Cessna 337 crashed just outside Crawford Bay, BC, killing the sole occupant, according to the Canadian Press. The plane was bound for La Ronge, Sask.

The airport has been shut down, according to the City of North Battleford.

Cameron McIntosh Airport is about 2.8 kilometres east of North Battleford, and is owned by the city. There are no commercial flights out of the airport. 

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 Two people are dead after a small float plane crashed at Cameron McIntosh Airport in North Battleford. 

 The crash happened around 10:30 a.m., according to Brian Wilson, deputy fire chief for North Battleford Fire and Emergency Services.

The single-engine float plane, a Piper PA14, took off from a lake near airport, according to Chris Krepski, spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. It had two occupants and was bound for Whitehorse.

It crashed shortly after takeoff.

Two investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada will leave from WInnipeg Friday morning by car, and are expected to arrive on the scene Friday evening, said Krepski.

This is the second fatal small plane crash in as many days in Canada. On Wednesday night, a Cessna 337 crashed just outside Crawford Bay, BC, killing the sole occupant, according to the Canadian Press. The plane was bound for La Ronge, Sask.

The airport has been shut down, according to the City of North Battleford.

Cameron McIntosh Airport is about 2.8 kilometres east of North Battleford.


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A small plane has crashed at the Cameron McIntosh airport at North Battleford killing two people. WPD Ambulance confirmed the deaths. There is no confirmation on who the two people are that died. North Battleford deputy fire chief Brian Wilson says the float plane was taking off from slough at airport when it crashed. The airport has been shut down and the road to it closed. RCMP and Transport Canada are investigating.


Two people are dead after a small plane crashed Thursday at the North Battleford, Saskatchewan, airport.

The City of North Battleford said the plane crashed in the morning at the Cameron McIntosh Airport.

A local ambulance service confirmed that there are two dead.

Paramedics said when they arrived at the airport, the plane was engulfed in flames.

Two people were pulled from the crash, but they were pronounced dead at the scene.

The city is asking people to stay away from the airport.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Transport Canada are investigating.

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