Water bomber crashes into OK Lake

A water bomber crashed into Okanagan Lake Saturday.

One of the small water bombers working on the Terrace Mountain fire crashed into the water south of Fintry Delta just after 12 noon.

Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says the plane was taking on water to fight the fire.

“Two boats in the area were on scene immediately and rescued the pilot, he was taken to shore by the Kelowna RCMP police boat. The pilot is reported to have received minor injuries and has been transported to Kelowna hospital by EHS to be assessed by medical staff,” says Molendyk.

He says the Kelowna Fire boat was dispatched to assist and contain the scene.

“Parts of the aircraft have been recovered by boats in the area. Police and fire officials remain on scene. The plane is owned by Conair Group Inc. The company has been informed of this accident.”

The Transport Safety Board has been called to investigate the crash.

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