June 17 Update 2:
The BC Coroners’ Service confirmed this afternoon that the man killed in last week’s plane crash was Anthony Arnold (Tony) Quibell, aged 53, of Nelson. The family has been notified of his death.
For more about Quibell, read the Nelson Star story here.
June 17 update 1:
This afternoon, Bill Yearwood, Transportation Safety Board regional operations manager for aviation, said that TSB investigators found that the plane had burned following the crash.
The coroner was brought in and removed the pilot’s body on Saturday, and the TSB has been released to the insurance underwriters.
From June 13:
A single occupant has been killed in a plane crash northwest of Crawford Bay. The twin engine Cessna 337 was on its way from Nelson to Saskatchewan when it went down around 2 p.m. yesterday.
“We have information from a spot tracker that gives us an idea of the accident being around an hour after departure,” said Bill Yearwood, Transportation Safety Board regional operations manager for aviation.
Headed to La Ronge, Sask., the plane crashed in the mountains at an altitude of about 1,980 meters (6,500 feet); Crawford Bay itself is at an altitude of 536 metres (1,760 feet).
Two investigators are on their way to the Kootenays, and will be taken by helicopter to the crash site, where they will attempt to determine the cause of the accident. It won’t be an easy investigation, however.
“These smaller aircraft don’t have any recording devices like flight data or cockpit voice,” Yearwood said. “We anticipate having to go with what we find in the debris field, scars on trees, et cetera.”
The name of the pilot has not yet been released, although he earlier told the Nelson Star that the plane was registered to a Nelson company.