Float plane crashes in Maple Bay

The 68-year-old pilot and sole occupant of a small private float plane that crashed in Maple Bay on Tuesday morning was none the worse for wear, but the state of his plane was yet to be determined.

The pilot, who declined to go on the record until he had spoken with Transport Canada, was fine after the crash, which took place just before 11 a.m. He was able to assist with the salvage operation. He was brought to shore by the Maple Bay Volunteer Fire Department and examined by paramedics before being released.

The small Cessna plane, meanwhile, was towed floats-up to the Maple Bay government dock by Coast Guard and Border Services vessels, and was moored at the dock while the investigation continued. A sudden gust of wind is believed to have flipped the plane over as it tried to land.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were also on hand for the rescue and salvage operation.