Bullet Holes May Write Off Floatplanes

The RCMP in Thompson, Manitoba are asking for public help in finding whoever shot up a couple of floatplanes moored on a lake in the northern part of the province. The privately owned Cessna 185 and a De Havilland Beaver owned by the Tataskwayak Cree Nation were riddled with bulletholes overnight Oct. 4 on Assean Lake on the Tataskwayak Nation lands. “Sometime overnight both planes were shot at with a firearm and had multiple bullet holes,” an RCMP statement said. “Due to the damage, both planes will most likely be declared total losses and the value is estimated to be approximately $850,000.00.”

Photos released by the police show bullet holes in the glass and throughout the fuselage of both aircraft including the cowlings. The damage wasn’t reported until the following afternoon so the shots were either not heard or went unreported.