Duncan plane crash sends two to hospital

Two people were seriously injured after a small single-engine plane crashed at the Duncan Airport last Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. when the aircraft went down on a sloped area near the runway. The plane sustained significant damage, and the occupants, a 55-year-old male pilot and 43-year-old female passenger, were badly hurt. The pilot was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital, while the passenger was taken by ground ambulance to Cowichan District Hospital.

Dave Morgan, president of the Duncan Flying Club, which runs the airstrip south of the city, confirmed that the pilot is a member of the club, but said he doesn’t live in Duncan. He spoke with the man on Monday as he rested in hospital, recovering from surgery on his knee and foot.

Morgan wasn’t sure of the cause of the crash, but was considering it might have been turbulence, based on the weather the Cowichan Valley was experiencing that day. "Nobody saw it," he noted.

According to Cpl. Darren Lagan of the Island District RCMP, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada was informed of the crash immediately and an investigation was under way.

He added that there was no indication of foul play.

Morgan expects the pilot to resume flying as soon as he is able.

"If you have a car accident, you don’t stop driving," he said. "People don’t realize that a plane that’s 1,500 pounds only hits half as hard as a car that weighs 3,000 pounds."

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