Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cessna 337B Skymaster, Southern Aircraft Services, C-FZBW: Accident occurred June 12, 2013 near Crawford Bay, British Columbia

A pilot is dead after a plane crashed Wednesday in the Kootenays.

The pilot was the sole occupant of the Cessna 337 that was en route from Nelson to La Ronge, Sask.

Investigators are on the way to the site of the crash on a mountainside northeast of Crawford Bay, Transportation Safety Board spokesman Bill Yearwood said Thursday.

The pilot did not file a formal flight plan but had shared his itinerary. He took off from Nelson airport at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday, but did not arrive in Saskatchewan when he was expected.

“A concerned citizen phoned and the Rescue Co-ordination Centre started the search in the afternoon. The plane was found late last night,” Yearwood said. The pilot was found dead.

No name has been released.

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