A Canadian tourist was stranded on a remote highway on Thursday when his plane crashed into a river, the Canadian Press reports.
The pilot, who was not injured, was returning from a fishing trip near B.C. with a group of about 20 other Canadians.
He was flying at about 5,000 feet when his Piper Cherokee crashed into the B.P. River in northern British Columbia.
The plane’s pilot, Thomas K. LeBlanc, was wearing a life jacket and carrying a large backpack.
It was unclear why the plane went down.
Leblanc and the others who were on board were taken to a local hospital for treatment, and Leblac is expected to be airlifted to a hospital in Toronto.
A preliminary report from the RCMP says the pilot did not have a working GPS.
Lebanc, who is the son of an Air Canada pilot, was travelling alone, but the pilot was wearing the life jacket, the report says.
He has been described as an experienced and dedicated pilot.
“He was an experienced pilot and was very well respected,” said the report, which is based on information provided by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (ATSA).
“He did what was expected of him, did what he was trained to do and did it without incident.”
The ATSA is a national agency that manages Canada’s air and maritime security, including the RCMP and Canadian Coast Guard.
Le Blanc, the pilot’s brother, said his brother was not wearing a seat belt, and that he had been wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred.
“We’re hoping that the pilot will be OK,” he said.