There was a Floatplane accident this afternoon. It involved a Floatplane (Beaver) from Tofino Air. It appears the plane was coming in for a landing when It was struck by a boat! This is the first time I have ever heard of anything like this happening and I’ve been flying on floatplanes now for 40 years!

My sister in law came all the way out from Ontario to visit me. She had her sister and friends with her. They were the ones on board when this happened. Nobody was hurt but they did submerge and get hypothermic. She lost all her electronics as well.

I took video and stills of the plane being loaded onto a barge. Now the investigation begins to find out why this happened?

Atleo Air Floatplane

I shot this last December (2nd) in the cold early morning light. They were heading out.
(the posted date is not the true date)
This is the time that they flew in front of the moon. That shot is above. (“Atleo Air and the Full Moon”)The warm light adds to both shots.
I was out to shoot the full moon setting in the early morning light over the harbour. I always wait for subjects to enter into my set scene and Atleo came along at the right moment.I did a series of shots and the final shot was of the plane with the full moon setting in front of them.
I would like to end the story on that note, because that is the way I want to remember it….

Sad Sunset

Today was a very sad day for Tofino.
A local Float plane went down and 4 people died.
The pilot(from Tofino) and three passengers from Ahousaht. The accident happened today around noon near the village of Ahousaht. Yates point to be exact,just south of the village.The plane sank in about 45 feet of water
This shot shows the sun setting over Tofino’s Harbour .
There should be two Float Planes tied up in the foreground.
A very sad day for many!