A Cessna-182 float plane

Fatal plane crash at Fortress Lake

The pilot of a small Cessna-182 died when his float plane clipped some trees during takeoff from remote Fortress Lake.

A Vernon man died in a small plane crash on July 26 at a remote lake in Hamber Provincial Park near the B.C.-Alberta border.

Pilot Yves Rene, 62, was the sole occupant of the Cessna 182 float plane, which had landed at Fortress Lake, a high-altitude lake west of Jasper.

Sgt. Kim Hall of the Revelstoke RCMP said it appears the plane clipped some trees while it was attempting to take off from the lake.

An emergency beacon alerted rescuers.

A search and rescue team found Rene deceased at the scene.

The BC Coroners Service, the Transportation Safety Board and the RCMP continue to investigate.

The incident occurred inside the border of the Revelstoke RCMP detachment’s catchment area, although Valemount RCMP were initially notified and responded along with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Parks Canada staff and the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Squadron 442.

 

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