The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has deployed a team of investigators to the site of a seaplane crash that killed four people and injured five north of Vancouver Island on Friday.
The Cessna 208, a charter plane operated by Seaair Seaplanes, crashed just after 11 a.m. PT on Addenbroke Island, about 100 kilometres north of Port Hardy, B.C.
Two of the survivors are in critical condition and were airlifted to Vancouver, while three others are in serious but stable condition, according to B.C. Emergency Health Services.
The flight left Vancouver and was en route to Calvert Island, a largely uninhabited island which is roughly the size of Saltspring Island, and marks the start of B.C.’s inside passage.
Eric Peterson is president of the Tula Foundation and the Hakai Institute, which conducts research on B.C.’s coast. He said his institute, and a summer fishing lodge — the Hakai Land and Sea Fishing Club — are the two primary destinations on the island.
Peterson said that no one from the Hakai Institute was involved in the crash.
The plane was not destined for the lodge, a representative for the company said.
“We’re devastated by the fact there was a crash,” said Peterson, adding that there are generally three flights per week to the remote island, known for its “rugged and quite dramatic” landscape.