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Williston Lake float plane crash kills pilot

Incident remains under investigation
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The pinpoint on the map above represents the approximate location of the crash, according to witnesses.

A float plane pilot who was flying from Fort St. John to a camping spot near the Williston Lake reservoir to join friends at a bachelor party died after losing control and crashing into mountainous terrain June 4.

The crash happened at around 9 p.m. that night, according to a witness. 

Chetwynd RCMP, with assistance from the Hudson's Hope RCMP, search and rescue crews and the B.C. Coroners office are investigating the crash. 

The name of the deceased is not being released while the investigation continues. Efforts are being made to contact next of kin. Police believe the man was the lone occupant of the plane at the time of the crash.

"The crash is not believed to be suspicious, the cause however is unknown at this time," Cst. Kyle Rose of the Chetwynd RCMP said in a release. 

Rose added that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash at this time. 

Witnesses on the scene were able to contact police using a satellite phone shortly after the crash happened.

"We were just camping with some friends and he was coming out to meet us and camp for the night," a Chetwynd man who was says he was a witness to the crash told the Dawson Creek Mirror. "He came flying down the valley really low, buzzed over top of us… and he didn't make it."

The plane crashed into the treeline. 

"He fell out of the sky," said the man, who did not wish to be identified. "(He) lost power and couldn't pull out of it. It was too tight of a turn."

Police could not confirm any details of the accident as it remains under investigation.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

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