Safety Alert - Fatality - 2013-10-24

Safety Alert Type: 
Near Port McNeill
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
BC Forest Safety Council
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Tragically two direct harvesting fatalities occurred on October 24th when a float plane crashed into an island near Port McNeill. The pilot of the plane was also fatally injured in the crash.

Investigations by the Transportation Safety Board and the Coroner’s Service are still in progress and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

This incident brings the number of direct harvesting fatalities to 11 for this year. The industry experienced 10 fatalities in 2012.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Here are some recommendations to consider before taking your next flight:

  • Plan the trip well in advance and identify other transportation options. If the weather is poor or marginal for flying, consider safer options such as water or land transportation to your site.
  • Are you familiar with the aircraft’s emergency procedures if there are problems? Get a detailed pre-flight briefing before you go and consider taking an underwater egress training course.
  • Well informed and actively engaged passengers are part of the solution to reducing aircraft incidents. Help your pilot spot hazards, follow all the pilot’s directions and don’t rush when working near aircraft.


For more information on this submitted alert: 
  1. The BC Forest Safety Council has gathered several air transportation safety resources together on our website:


    The webpage includes an Air Carrier Standards document that is recommended reading for all companies transporting workers by air. Also included are float plane passenger guides and helicopter safety information.

  2. A report from the Coroner’s Service was released in 2011 that contains several recommendations to reduce the risks associated with float plane travel.



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