Plane leaving Nelson crashes near Crawford Bay

A small plane taking off from Nelson on Wednesday crashed near Crawford Bay claiming the life of the pilot.

  • Jun. 14, 2013 8:00 p.m.

A small plane taking off from Nelson on Wednesday crashed near Crawford Bay claiming the life of the pilot.

The pilot was the lone occupant of the Cessna 337 plane that left the Nelson airport at 1 p.m. intending to fly to La Ronge, Saskatchewan — a six-hour flight, says Transportation Safety Board (TSB) official Bill Yearwood.

“A concerned citizen called to say the plane was missing and a search ensued,” he says.

Wreckage of the twin-engine plane was found north-east of Crawford Bay in “high-treed terrain” and the pilot was dead at the scene.

TSB has dispatched two investigators to the area to determine the cause of the accident.

The name of the pilot and owner of the plane has not been released though Yearwood said the aircraft was registered to a company in the Nelson area.