Pilot pulled from fiery plane crash in Fort Nelson, B.C.
Pilot treated for minor injuries at local hospital and released
A pilot was pulled out of the wreckage of a fiery plane crash in Fort Nelson, B.C., Wednesday, transportation officials said.
The pilot was the only person on board at the time, and RCMP say he was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released Wednesday evening. No one on the ground was hurt.
The pilot told RCMP investigators that the crash was a result of an engine failure and fire, officials said.
The plane was already in flames when it went down just after 4 p.m. PT Wednesday in the middle of an intersection in an industrial area of the Northern B.C. community.
William Alde says he watched for about a minute as the pilot struggled to land the plane safely.
"Somebody pointed out a plane going down. We turned around and looked and the tail was on fire. It was coming down really low, close enough you could throw a rock at it," he said.
"It kept coming down, it went right through some power lines, landed on the road in front of Kal Tire here. I believe they got him out okay, and it was on fire."
Transportation officials say the plane was a Seawind 2000 plane, which is "amateur built."