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TSB investigating plane crash south of Vancouver

Oct. 28, 2011, Vancouver - Transportation Safety Board investigators are at the site of a fiery plane crash near Vancouver.


October 28, 2011
By The Canadian Press

The nine-seat Beechcraft King Air 100 developed a problem while flying from Vancouver to Kelowna yesterday afternoon.

The pilot tried to get back to the airport just south of Vancouver, but crash landed on a road next to the airport, hitting car along the way.

The nine people aboard the plane were pulled from the smoking wreckage and rushed to two area hospitals.

The RCMP says the crew members are in very critical condition and the seven passengers in serious condition.

There's no word on the conditions of the two people in the car the plane hit — or that of pedestrian sent to hospital after being struck by a flying object.

TSB spokesman Bill Yearwood says the plane had been cleared to land after the crew reported a problem, but he couldn't say what the problem was.

The aircraft was operated by Northern Thunderbird Air, based in Prince George, B.C.