2 die in B.C. plane crash

July 7, 2012 at 8:05 PM
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VERNON, British Columbia, July 7 (UPI) -- A twin-engine plane crashed in western Canada Saturday afternoon, killing two people, police said.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the aircraft went down in a sports field in Vernon, British Columbia, shortly after taking off from an adjacent airport, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

"It appears the airplane touched the ground, then cart-wheeled and then burst into flames on contact," RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk said. "I'm told there was two people on board. Both perished in the crash."

No one else was injured and the victims' names had not been released, the CBC said.

Vernon resident Kevin Gibbs said the only discernible portion of the plane was the "top tip of the tail wing."

"The engine quit and just started spiraling down and just hit the ground, but he must have skidded somehow because I could see the tire mark in the grass after it was all done," Gibbs said.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada had initiated its investigation of the crash.

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