From berry picking to plane crash rescue mission
Labrador couple helps lone pilot after plane crash-landed in Groswater Bay enroute to Greenland
A weekend berry picking trip ended up turning into a plane crash rescue mission for one couple from Labrador.
Dora Hopkins and her partner Job were berry picking Saturday morning when they noticed a plane overhead was in trouble.
"I said 'oh my God it's crashing,'" she said.
"Like, it's gonna crash, it's going in for a landing," said Hopkins.
Lost oil pressure, smoke in cockpit
The 34-year-old male lone pilot was not injured, despite radioing that there had been a loss of oil pressure and smoke in his cockpit.
After bringing the plane down safely in the bay, the pilot was met by a small boat with the Hopkins' aboard.
"The main concern is like, 'is everybody okay aboard the plane?'" Hopkins recalled.
"Thank God he was good, [the pilot] was a bit shook up I think but he was good," she said.
The Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Halifax sent three helicopters to rescue the man, but called them off after a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter — that happened to be in the area — was able to get to the accident scene faster.
The RCMP also sent a boat out to the plane after the rescue to ensure that the emergency responder was turned off.