Man dies in Surrey plane crash

A plane – possibly an ultralight – appears to have taken a nose dive in a field west of King George Boulevard and Highway 99.

A man died Friday afternoon after his ultralight plane nose-dived into a Surrey agricultural field.

Just after 3 p.m. Friday, crews head to the crash site, examining the wreckage of the plane – quite possibly an ultralight – which appears to have done a nose dive into the ground west of King George Boulevard.

Witnesses say the plane was flying northwest, then turned east when it went down.

The man, believed to be the pilot, and the only person in the craft, died at the scene.

Arnold Klappe, with King George Airpark, near King George Boulevard and Colebrook Road, said Friday he was unsure whether or not the craft was using his runway.

Police have since said the craft did take off from King George Airpark.

The crash comes just over two weeks after an ultralight was forced to make a crash landing on Highway 91 during rush hour.

That plane had taken off from King George Airpark without Klappe’s knowledge.

Klappe told The Leader at the time he’d warned the pilot not to fly the ultralight.

Klappe said at the time that flying ultralights is an extremely safe sport, noting that even during the rare times there is a problem, the low airspeed and steel cage makes injury extremely uncommon.

Multiple investigations are under way regarding that crash.

The B.C. Coroner’s Service and the Transportation Safety Board have been alerted to Friday’s crash.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Scarecrow Festival given COVID twist

Art’s Nursery’s annual fall fundraiser, on the Langley-Surrey border, continues with some tweaks

BIA floats idea of drive-through Santa Parade

If event goes ahead, ‘parade’ of cars would stream through fairgrounds

Latimer Road the latest Surrey school to report COVID-19 exposure

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

White Rock acupuncturist suspended for ‘scare tactics, excessive fees’

30-day suspension for Jun Hua (Davy) Hua issued Aug. 18

Surrey school district student enrolment down from projections

‘That’s not something I can say in my time in Surrey, I have ever said at the board table’: superintendent

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

70-year-old punched in the head in dispute over disability parking space in Nanaimo

Senior’s turban knocked off in incident at mall parking lot

Most Read