Monday, September 01, 2014

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, C-GFAM: Accident occurred August 30, 2014 near Crawford Bay Airport, British Columbia, Canada

Jane Yvonne Lavallee 
 "She walks in beauty, like the night…." (Byron) 

In Memory of Jane Yvonne Lavallee

July 27, 1966 - August 30, 2014


Jane Yvonne Lavallee

Tragically on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at Crawford Bay, B.C. Beloved daughter of Betty Jean and Justin Lavallee of Edmonton, niece of Dr. Carol Sales and "honorary niece" of Dr. Frances Owen, both of Ontario. She will be much missed by her special friends Sacha and Holly. 

Jane was a dedicated, caring and respected sonographer at Stollery Children's Hospital, Edmonton. She was trained in Ontario, Florida and Arizona, and was formerly a sonographer at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She also shared her expertise internationally as a trainer in Saudi Arabia. 

Jane had a life-long appreciation of nature and physical fitness. She was an avid gardener, animal lover, biker, skier, and hiker.

Jane was known for her striking beauty and model-like carriage as well as her gentle, warm and fun loving nature. Her lively sense of humor and generosity of spirit will be sorely missed. 

In lieu of flowers the family would be grateful for contributions to the Farley Foundation to support the medical needs of pets (, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation ( or the charity of your choice. A private family service will be held.

The BC Coroners Service announced Tuesday that the person killed in a weekend plane crash in southern British Columbia was from Edmonton.

 Officials said Tuesday that Jane Yvonne Lavallee, 48, of Edmonton died in Saturday’s crash.

At about 6:30 p.m. on August 30, officials said a Cessna 172S crashed during what appeared to be an aborted landing attempt at the airstrip in Crawford Bay, at about 6:30 p.m.

The aircraft came down on the Kokanee Springs Golf Course, officials said, and passersby pulled Lavallee from the wreckage, but attempts to resuscitate her weren’t successful.

The BC Coroners Service and Transportation Safety Board are investigating her death, and said her family had been notified.

Rescuers at the scene of a Cessna 172S Skyhawk crash near Crawford Bay, B.C., on Saturday. 
(Photo Courtesy Ingrid Baetzel)

 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 female passenger in a Cessna 172 died when the small plane crashed in Crawford Bay, B.C., east of Nelson. The pilot was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

The Cessna 172 was near the Crawford Bay Airport in the Kootenays Saturday night when it went down on the Kokanee Springs Golf Course.

Paul Hindson and some friends rushed to the burning plane to help.

"We were playing tennis," he said. "We heard the crash, We were only about 1,000 feet away. We immediately rushed to the scene, found an airplane upside down and on fire."

"Myself and a couple of friends immediately raced to the plane. There was a paramedic there, and we were able to get the occupants out," Hindson said.

Hindson says the plane's female passenger was already dead while the pilot was barely conscious and badly burned.

"It was just a really sad situation," he said. "I guess the only thing I can bring out of it is that I took a terrible risk, and I'm very lucky to be alive myself." 

"On the other hand, several other people really took a risk to get these people out of the plane... Within three or four minutes—it was almost like a movie scene—it exploded in flames, and the area we were working to get these people out was completely engulfed."

Hindson said he thinks the plane was registered in Edmonton. No names have been released.

- Source:

"Going in and out of Crawford Bay, BC in a Cessna 172. Steep sloping terrain along the approach path makes landings complex. It also makes overshooting when approaching over the lake very difficult...":

1 comment:

  1. This aircraft was observed to be tail heavy when leaving Toefield. Check weight and balance.


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