Campbell River, BC Private Plane Crash, Sept 1979


Campbell River, B.C. -- RCMP have identified the five persons killed yesterday when a light plane crashed on takeoff from Shoal Harbor on Gilford Island north of Campbell River.
Dead are pilot PAUL SMITH, 51, of Quadra Island, and passengers MORRIS GARRY MITCHELL of Courtenay, B.C.; E. BATTERBURY of Vancouver Island; ANN HALLIDAY of Vancouver Island and ANDY BRITSAS of Vancouver Island. Police did not release their hometowns.
The lone survivor has been identified as MARCEL LEPAGE of Port Alberni who is listed in serious condition in Vancouver General Hospital suffering from severe burns.
A spokesman for Gulf Air Services of Campbell River said the company's single-engine Beaver float plane crashed onto land and burst into flames shortly before noon. The aircraft was on a return flight to Campbell River on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
Cause of the crash has not been determined although Transport Canada officials are reported to have completed their investigaion at the crash site.

Winnipeg Free Press Manitoba 1979-09-07