Fraser River plane crash: No sign of student, flight instructor 1 year later

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The one year mark passed over the weekend from a small plane crashing into the Fraser River and there is still no sign of the plane or the two people who were on board .

An instructor and student were on board the 1972 Cessna 172M for a local training flight from Boundary Bay Airport on June 6, 2020.

The plane took off just before 1 p.m. that day and minutes later the onboard instructor contacted an air traffic control tower in Pitt Meadows for clearance to enter the control zone .

According to the Transportation Safety Board’s report on the incident, someone working in the tower said the plane could not be accommodated and instead directed the instructor and student to Langley.

The TSB investigation revealed that 12 minutes after takeoff, the aircraft began to descend as it flew over the Fraser River. The TSB says radar contact was lost three minutes later and, one minute later, the aircraft struck a power line crossing the Fraser River.

“Of course, hitting a power line at cruising speed in a Cessna probably killed both occupants instantly and tore the plane apart so it was not complete when it fell into the Fraser River,” said said Keith Mackey, an aviation expert, to CTV News Vancouver. on the anniversary of the plane that crashed.

Witnesses at the time reported seeing the plane crash into the river. Police searched with helicopters, boats and divers trying to locate the plane.

An investigation into the accident is still ongoing.


With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Kendra Mangione

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