British Columbia

2 injured after plane crashes in Okanagan Lake

Police say the pilot mistakenly tried to land on the water with the wheels down, which caused the plane to flip into the lake.

Pilot mistakenly tried to land amphibious plane on water with wheels down, which caused it to flip, police say

The plane could still be seen floating in the water early Monday evening. (Brady Strachan/CBC)

A small amphibious plane crashed into Okanagan Lake on Monday near West Kelowna, B.C., leaving two men with minor injuries, RCMP say.

The pilot mistakenly tried to land on the water with wheels down, which caused the plane to flip into the lake, said Cst. Mike Gillis.

The crash happened about 90 metres off shore near Sunnyside Road.

A 72-year-old man from Alberta and his 59-year-old male passenger were on board. They were rescued by people in a nearby boat.

Police responded to the incident at about 5 p.m. PT. The men were taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.

Crews removed the plane from the water later Monday evening. 

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is now investigating.

With files from Brady Strachan

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