Float plane crashes in Okanagan Lake

Jul 3, 2019

Laryn Gilmour - Kelowna Capital News

RCMP say wheels left down caused landing plane to overturn on lake

The plane overturned around 5 p.m. police say the crash landing happened because the aircraft’s wheels were still down when landing on the water and the pilot didn’t follow proper landing protocol.

Kelowna RCMP have identified the pilot as a 72-year-old Alberta man. He and his passenger, a 59-year-old man were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after overturning their float plane near Sunnyside Road in West Kelowna on Monday evening.

“The crash is not being considered criminal in nature at this time,” RCMP spokesman Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said. “As such, RCMP have since notified, and continue to support the Transportation Safety Board of Canada who have launched an investigation into the aviation incident.”

The small, private aircraft has been recovered from Lake Okanagan and has been secured by officials.

Any witnesses of the incident are urged to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

Emergency crews say the plane is not leaking fuel and they are trying to determine their next steps.

(News Source: BC Local News, Black Press Media)