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Float plane crash near Tofino, B.C., kills two

A float plane crash in B.C. has killed two people.

The plane – a De Havilland Beaver operated by Air Nootka – was headed from Hesquiaht Lake to Gold River, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Friday morning. It was carrying five passengers and the pilot.

About three minutes after take-off a distress call went out.

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Bill Yearwood, of the Transportation Safety Board, said in an interview two people were found deceased, two injured, and two unhurt. He said one of the injured was in critical condition.

The RCMP later said all four survivors were taken to hospital following the crash, but with varying degrees of injury.

Mr. Yearwood said it's unclear why the aircraft went down. TSB investigators will be heading to the scene. The aircraft crashed on land, about three nautical miles from Hesquiaht Lake. The BC Coroners Service is also investigating.

The names of those who were on the plane have not been released.

RCMP Corporal Darren Lagan said Mounties in Tofino were notified of the distress call at 10:55 a.m.

He said it was the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre that received the distress call and notified police.

Multiple rescue planes were dispatched but the search was hampered by rain and poor visibility. Tofino RCMP also deployed units on the ground.

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A man who answered the phone at Air Nootka confirmed the airline had lost contact with the plane, but declined to provide further details.

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