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Sea plane crashes in Lower Island Cove

A sea plane crashed in Lower Island Cove Monday. — Photo courtesy of Ed Hopkins
A sea plane crashed in Lower Island Cove Monday. — Photo courtesy of Ed Hopkins - Contributed

A sea plane crashed Monday morning in Lower Island Cove.

The 63-year-old pilot was walking around on the road when firemen arrived on scene, said Old Perlican assistant fire chief Colin Kelly.
The crash happened after the plane tried to take off from a pond.

“The plane, she must have had  a mechanical problem and went down in the trees,” Kelly said.

He said the male pilot was checked out by a doctor at the scene and is believed to have returned to his summer home in the area.

“He was good, there were no injuries,” Kelly said.

The plane went down in heavy woods about 100 feet off the road.

Fire fighters made sure there was no risk of fire or explosion and left the scene.

The incident caused a stir in the community.

“It was some crowd, a big crowd around a small town,”

It was the first time in Kelly’s 30 years on the department there had been a plane crash in the area.

The RCMP also responded to the scene and said the pilot was attempting to take off from the area and ran into trouble with the ascent.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, which was in the area conducting training, was contacted and deployed a helicopter.  

The Transportation Safety Board was also contacted and is investigating the crash.


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