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No survivors found after float plane crashes with three on board

The plane is presumed to have sunk after crashing off the coast of northern Vancouver Island on Wednesday.
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A file photo of a Cormorant helicopter. MARITIME FORCES PACIFIC

No survivors have been located after a Cessna float plane carrying two passengers and a pilot crashed near Strachan Bay, north of Port Hardy, on Wednesday.

The plane is presumed to have sunk, said B.C. RCMP spokesman Cpl. Alex Berube.

“The RCMP and Transportation Safety Board are working together to determine what may have caused the plane to go down.”

RCMP West Coast Marine Services and the RCMP Dive Team are also working to locate the aircraft.

Victoria’s Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre was notified of the crash about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. Two passengers were being transported from a logging camp back to Port Hardy.

The plane that went down belonged to Air Cab, said Joel Eilertsen, president of the float plane company based in Coal Harbour.

“I can’t say much,” he said. “We don’t know what happened yet.”

jbell@timescolonist.com

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