Police seek suspect in float plane theft, crash in Vancouver

Float plane stolen, crashed

UPDATE 1:35 p.m.

An attempt to steal a float plane in Vancouver's harbour didn't make it out of the water, but three planes were damaged in the botched theft.

Vancouver police Const. Tanya Visintin says officers were called to the city's waterfront about 3:30 a.m. Friday for a report of a float plane crashing into another plane.

A statement from Harbour Air Seaplanes says someone tried to steal a Seair aircraft at the Coal Harbour floatplane terminal and during that incident two other Harbour Air planes were damaged.

It says the stolen aircraft never left the water, and while some Harbour Air flights were re-routed to the Richmond terminal in the morning, flights were operating as usual later Friday.

Visintin says the wing from one of the planes was torn off in the collision.

She says police are looking for a male suspect.

ORIGINAL 8:50 a.m.

Vancouver police are hunting the suspect in an attempted float plane theft overnight. 

CTV News reports the man stole the plane and crashed it into another aircraft early Friday morning before running away on foot. Nobody was injured.

Police were called about the incident at about 3:30 a.m.

The stolen plane, now parked in Vancouver’s harbour, has serious damage to one of its wings and its back end.

Castanet will update as more information becomes available.

with files from CTV Vancouver

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