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Update…Small plane crashes near Smithers…

Update: We can now tell you that the pilot and two passengers were killed. A third passenger was airlifted to a hospital in Vancouver.

SMITHERS, BC: One person has died following a small plane crash near Smithers on Saturday…

North District RCMP confirm one person is deceased after a Cesna 182 went down approximately 100 km north of Smithers . The crash time, according to Maritime Forces Pacific, occurred around 8:45 AM. The small plane holds 4 people and at this time police confirm one death.

A Cormorant Search and Rescue helicopter and Buffalo Search and Rescue fixed-wing aircraft from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron out of CFB Comox were dispatched to the scene after an emergency locator went off from the aircraft before it had crashed.

A helicopter from Canadian Helicopters out of Smithers was also dispatched and located the crash site.

Crews accessed the site and turned the area over to the RCMP at around 2:30 PM. The cause remains under investigation.

Once more info becomes available we’ll update.

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