1 dead after logging helicopter crashes on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast

One person has died after a helicopter crashed into the ocean Monday on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, according to the RCMP.

Officials confirmed the helicopter went down around 2 p.m. PT in the area near Killam Bay, at the entrance to Jervis Inlet, around 40 kilometres north of Sechelt, B.C.

“Witnesses in the area were the first on scene and some debris of the helicopter was located, but the lone occupant and pilot were not,” read a statement from RCMP on Tuesday.

“A search was conducted in the area without success.”

The aircraft was being used for heli-logging, according to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB).

A TSB spokesperson said the agency was “gathering information” on the crash but hadn’t deployed investigators as of 8 a.m. PT.

“We are awaiting further information from first responders,” Chris Krepski said in an interview Tuesday.

Krepski said the helicopter was a Kaman K-MAX aircraft, which is designed to lift more than half its own weight and has been used commercially for logging since the 1990s.

The B.C. Coroners Service is also investigating the pilot’s death.

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