Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

October 14, 2016 18:07 ET

Government of British Columbia: BC Coroners Service Investigates Fatal Air Crash

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 14, 2016) -

For Immediate Release
2016PSSG0211-002018
Oct. 14, 2016

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
BC Coroners Service

INFORMATION BULLETIN
BC Coroners Service investigates fatal air crash

KELOWNA - The BC Coroners Service is investigating the deaths of four persons in the crash of an airplane near Kelowna on the evening of Oct. 13, 2016.

A coroner from Kelowna attended the scene of the crash in a heavily wooded area about 2.3 kilometres north of Beaver Lake Road, east of Lake Country, on the morning of Oct. 14. Identification specialists from BC Coroners Service headquarters in Burnaby are also on their way to the site.

The four persons were aboard a Cessna Citation jet aircraft which had taken off from Kelowna airport only a few minutes before the crash, shortly after 10 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2016, heading to the Calgary area.

Preliminary reports indicate that this, like many air crashes, will be a complex scene to investigate. The BC Coroners Service personnel will be working closely with investigators from the Transportation Safety Board and RCMP.

No identities will be confirmed until recovery of the deceased persons is complete, and identification has been formally confirmed. This is expected to take several days, and the BC Coroners Service does not expect to release any further information until Monday at the earliest.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Barb McLintock
    Coroner, Strategic Programs
    BC Coroners Service
    250 356-9253 (o)
    250 213-5020 (c)