UPDATE: Edmonton occupants of plane that went down in B.C. identified
Watch above: A plane that was involved in a fatal crash in B.C. Saturday night was registered to an Edmonton man.
EDMONTON — Global News has learned more about who was on a plane that went down in southern B.C. Saturday night, leaving one person dead and another seriously injured.
The B.C. Coroners Service says 48-year-old Jane Lavalee of Edmonton was killed when a Cessna 172 crashed on the Kokanee Springs Golf Course around 6:30 p.m. following what appeared to be an aborted landing attempt at the airstrip in Crawford Bay, a small community on Kootenay Lake.
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The pilot, Dr. Michael Kantoch, was taken to hospital with burns. Kantoch works in the cardiology department at the University of Alberta.
Paul Hindson, general manager of the nearby Kokanee Chalets, was heading out to play tennis when he heard the plane hit the ground.
“We jumped in our vehicle and got over there and there was a plane upside down,” he said Sunday afternoon, “flames coming from the cockpit and engine area.”
Hindson and a few others immediately ran toward the plane to help.
According to the Coroners office, witnesses were able to pull Lavalee from the wreckage but she could not be saved.
“The flames were way worse on the other side of the plane so we were just trying to get them both out the one side,” Hindson recalled. “We got her out and she was just totally non-responsive… after that we were able to get the pilot out.”
Hindson says they moved the two to the golf course fairway to get them away from the burning plane.
“It’s a good thing because just a few minutes later the plane was engulfed in flames, the fuel tank blew.”
“It was very, very sad.”
The BC Coroners Service and Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the plane crash.
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