Both pilot and passenger suffered minor injuries after their Icon A5 flipped on landing at Okanagan Lake, West Kelowna, British Columbia. Police reports and post-crash video suggest that the Icon’s gear was extended for the water landing, likely to be the cause of the flip-over.
According to local reports, Caeli Turner with British Columbia Emergency Health Services said paramedics received a call around 5 p.m. regarding the crash. “B.C. Ambulance received a call around 5 o’clock this afternoon about a small plane that had crashed into the Okanagan Lake in the West Kelowna area near Sunnyside,” she says. “Our paramedics arrived to the scene and there were two patients that were transported by ambulance to hospital but in stable condition.”
Kelowna News is reporting that “Kelowna RCMP have identified the pilot as a 72-year-old Alberta man. He and his passenger, a 59-year-old man were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.” RCMP spokesman Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said, “The crash is not being considered criminal in nature at this time As such, RCMP have since notified, and continue to support the Transportation Safety Board of Canada who have launched an investigation into the aviation incident.”
The 2018 Icon A5, N84GJ, is registered to International Air Services Inc., of Carson City, Nevada. We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.