A tragic event unfolded near the Chilliwack Municipal Airport today, as a small plane crashed beside a local hotel, resulting in the death of all three people on board. The incident occurred around 2 p.m. PST, just south of the airport.
Haylie Morris, an eyewitness working nearby, recounted the moments leading up to the crash. “I was on a forklift at about 2:15 p.m. when I watched the plane fly right in front of me,” Morris said. She instantly realized the aircraft was flying too low. “I began running as I watched it go through trees and crash beside the Chilliwack Motor Inn.”
Upon witnessing the crash, Morris, along with a colleague, promptly dialed 911 and directed emergency vehicles through a field at the back of the inn, leading them directly to the crash site.
Sgt. Pete Healey of the RCMP confirmed the death of three individuals, including the pilot. “The plane crashed beside a hotel, killing everyone on board,” he stated. The RCMP is now in the process of notifying the victims’ next of kin.
Local media photos captured the registration number on the plane’s tail, identifying it as a Piper PA-34 Seneca. The aircraft is owned by SkyQuest Aviation, a flight school based in Langley. The twin-engined Seneca model is known to have the capacity to carry a pilot and up to six passengers.
As of now, the cause of the crash remains uncertain. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has announced its plans to dispatch a team of investigators to the scene to further understand the circumstances leading up to this unfortunate incident.
This story is developing, and more details will be shared as they become available.