Coroner identifies plane crash victims

Float plane was en route to Pitt Meadows when it crashed near Peachland on Sunday, May 13

Colin Moyes.



The B.C. Coroners Service has identified three people who died after a float plane en route to Pitt Meadows crashed near Peachland on Sunday.

The pilot of the single-engine de Havilland Beaver that went down just off the Coquihalla Highway has been previously identified as Colin Moyes, 52, from West Vancouver.

His two passengers were a couple also from West Vancouver – Peter Brooke Lovelace Keate, aged 81, and Inez Helen Keate, aged 79. They are believed to be the parents of his fiancĂ©e Alexandra Keate.

The three were killed when the plane, owned by Moyes, crashed into a steep, wooded hillside and burst into flames just off Highway 97C near the Brenda Mines Road about 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.

The plane had taken off from Okanagan Lake only a few minutes earlier and was bound for the Pitt Meadows airport where Moyes kept his planes.

The crash and fire that followed it destroyed most of the plane, leaving behind its tail, engine and wing tips.

It took the Coroners Service almost three days to recovery all three bodies from the precarious crash site.

Regional coroner Mark Coleman said Moyes and the Keates identities were confirmed by dental records.

“The B.C. Coroners Service expresses our sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Moyes and the Keate family, and also our appreciation to the Transportation Safety Board, West Kelowna RCMP and firefighters from the BC Forest Service who provided key assistance on the rescueand recovery efforts,” he added.