Six dead in plane crash on Canada's Pacific Coast

Mon Nov 30, 2009 6:03pm EST
 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Searchers have recovered the bodies of six people, including an infant, who died when a float plane crashed into the ocean off Canada's Pacific Coast, officials said on Monday.

Two survivors were pulled from the water, including the pilot of the Seair Seaplanes aircraft that went down on Sunday while taking off from Saturna Island on a flight to Vancouver, according to the Joint Rescue Coordination Center. The other survivor was a female passenger.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but investigators hope to interview the pilot and pull at least some of the wreckage of the de Havilland Beaver to the surface. Divers were used to remove the bodies from the submerged wreckage.

Police said the victims were a U.S. citizen from California and five Canadians, one of whom also lived in California.

The Gulf Islands are a popular vacation spot, and the location of many summer homes.

(Reporting by Allan Dowd; editing by Rob Wilson)