Small plane with student and instructor crashes near airport in Duncan, B.C.

Cessna crashes near airport in Duncan, B.C.

DUNCAN, B.C. — An instructor and a student have survived a small plane crash just north of the airport in Duncan, B.C.

Bill Yearwood with the Transportation Safety Board says the Cessna 172 from the Victoria Flying Club clipped some power lines and crashed in a farmer’s field on Thursday afternoon.

Yearwood says live power lines near the crash site hampered the rescue efforts, but both people in the plane are alive and were able to speak to rescuers before the power was shut off.

First responders were able to remove the female pilot from the downed aircraft and she was airlifted to hospital with unknown injuries, while the male student was treated at the site.

Yearwood says it’s still unclear if the plane was taking off or if it missed the approach to the airport.

He says the board is assessing the crash and will likely send investigators to the scene of the crash.






The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said the plane was from the Duncan Flying Club.

Canadian Press