RCMP, Coroners Service, and Transportation Safety Board continue investigation into fatal plane crash


2019-12-11 15:14 PST

File # 2019-908

Original release

On Tuesday Dec. 10, shortly after 6 p.m., reports of a possible plane crash on Gabriola Island were received by first responders including BC Emergency Health Services and the Gabriola Island RCMP.

The investigation has determined that a small plane crashed in a wooded residential area on the north-west corner of the Island. There is a significant debris field at the site. The Coroners Service was notified once RCMP members arrived on site and confirmed fatalities.

Investigators from the BC Coroners Service’s special investigations unit and Transportation Safety Board arrived on Gabriola Island today to begin their work to determine the identities of those who died and the circumstances that led to their deaths.

Coroners Service identification specialists are gathering information from the scene, in coordination with TSB and RCMP, to establish the identities of the decedents. Confirmation of the number of deceased and their identities will occur once identification has been definitively established and their family members have been notified. This process may take several days.

The RCMP and BC Coroners Service will not be releasing any further information on the incident at this time and will provide updates once additional details are available.

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Cpl. Chris Manseau

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