British Columbia

Ultralight plane crashes into waters off Crescent Beach

Two people escaped unharmed after the ultralight plane they were flying in crashed Sunday afternoon in the waters off the popular South Surrey beach.

Pilot and passenger escape unharmed, while police, Transport Canada investigate cause

Transport Canada and Surrey RCMP are investigating after an ultralight plane crashed into the waters off Crescent Beach in South Surrey on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (Gary Hanney)

Two people escaped unharmed after the ultralight plane they were flying in crashed Sunday afternoon in the waters off a popular South Surrey beach.

Around 2:15 p.m. PT Surrey RCMP said they received several reports of the plane coming down in the waters off Crescent Beach.

RCMP officers talk to witnesses who saw an ultralight plane crash into the waters off Crescent Beach. (Gary Hanney)

Officers found the plane in the water near to the beach at the Christopherson Steps, which access that part of the waterfront.

"Both the pilot and passenger escaped without injury," said a release from Surrey RCMP. "They were both checked out by B.C. ambulance personnel and released at scene."

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Transport Canada are now also investigating the crash.

It is unknown what caused the crash of this ultralight plane into the waters off Crescent Beach in South Surrey. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Transport Canada are investigating along with Surrey RCMP. (Gary Hanney)

Witnesses at the scene said they saw the plane avoid the rocks on the beach, but when the wheels of the aircraft hit the water, the plane tumbled over.

Surrey RCMP are asking anyone with information about the crash to call 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

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