Four Dead, Five Hurt in Caravan Crash

Four people were killed and five injured in the crash of a Seair Cessna 208 Caravan floatplane off the west coast of B.C. on Friday. The chartered plane was on its way from Port Hardy to Calvert Island when it crashed on Addenbroke Island, about 100 km north of Port Hardy. Weather was reportedly raining with low visibility at the time of the crash, about 11 a.m. Identities of the victims have not been released.

Two of the injured are in critical condition and were airlifted to hospital in Vancouver by critical care paramedics. The others suffered serious, but not life threatening injuries. Seair suspended all operations on Friday after the accident but resumed flying Saturday. “After a thorough mechanical and safety inspection of all Seair aircraft, we have resumed scheduled service this morning, weather permitting,” the company said in a statement. “We are committed to working with Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board to ensure all aircraft continue to meet the highest safety standards.” The Transport Canada registry lists seven Caravans owned by Seair, which calls itself the world’s largest operation of Caravan floatplanes