British Columbia

Ultralight aircraft crash kills 1 in B.C.

A man is dead after the ultralight aircraft he was piloting crashed in northwest Abbotsford, B.C., on Monday afternoon.
The command post for the search and rescue crews looking for an ultralight aircraft that crashed in northwest Abbotsford, B.C., Monday night. (Kevin Macdonald/CBC)

A man is dead after the ultralight aircraft he was piloting crashed in northwest Abbotsford, B.C., on Monday afternoon.

The aircraft left Abbotsford airport just before 4:30 p.m. PT on its way to Maple Ridge, but disappeared from control tower radar.

Abbotsford police said they were alerted to a possible problem when the aircraft started emitting a beacon signal shortly afterwards from somewhere in northwest Abbotsford.

Police, two search and rescue teams and a CFB Comox Cormorant helicopter began searching for the aircraft, but were hampered by darkness, heavy rain and forested, rural terrain.

Just after 9 p.m. PT, searchers found the plane wreckage and the pilot in an area south of Highway 1 near Ross Road.

The circumstances of the crash and the identity of the deceased are not yet known.

Clarifications

  • An earlier version of this story identified the aircraft as an ultralight glider.
    Nov 18, 2013 10:48 PM PT

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