B.C. air tanker crashes, causes forest fire

Pilot and co-pilot killed

A Conair water bomber—an aircraft designed to help put out forest fires—crashed 160 kilometres northeast of Vancouver on Saturday, killing both pilots inside and sparking a forest fire itself.  The steep terrain and resulting fire prevent search-and-rescue teams from reaching the crash site in time. “There were no survivors from the accident,” said Conair vice-president Rick Pedersen. “There won’t be any names released until notification of next of kin.” The fire, which grew to about 5,000 square metres, has been fully contained.

Toronto Star

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