10 June, 2024

Harbour Air seaplane collides with boat in Vancouver...

A number of people were injured over the weekend then a Harbour Air aircraft collieded with a recreational boat in Coal Harbour, Vancouver. 

Harbour Air, North America’s leading seaplane airline, confirmed the seaplane had been in the take-off stage of a scenic tour with five passengers on board when it came into contact with the boat. The airline revealed that all of the passengers and the pilot were uninjured in the incident.

The local Vancouver Police Department said a number of people were treated for minor injuries with two taken to hospital. BC Emergency Health Services told local media that none of the other 10 people required transport to hospital. 

Harbour Air has a fleet of 45 aircraft and offers up to 300 daily scheduled flights, scenic tours, adventure packages, and private flights. With over 12 scheduled destinations connecting downtown Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle (WA), Nanaimo, Tofino, Whistler, Vancouver Airport/Richmond, Sechelt, Salt Spring Island, Powell River and Comox, B.C. Harbour Air transports around 500,000 passengers every year.

The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver registration C-FFHA is currently underweater and attached to a barge at the Main Street Dock.

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) confirmed and investigation was underwayt an d that it had already begun conducting witness interviews and was working with an aircraft recovery team to understand its plans. "In the next few days, the investigation team will attend the aircraft recovery, examine the wreckage, continue gathering information, and conduct more interviews," a TSB spokesperson confirmed.