An RCMP officer on the scene of an ultralight crash off Crescent Beach in South Surrey Sunday.

No injuries in Crescent Beach ultralight crash

Two people unhurt after aircraft crashed into water off Crescent Beach Sunday afternoon.

Two people escaped without injury when the ultralight aircraft they were travelling in made an emergency landing into the waters off of Crescent Beach Sunday afternoon.

Police received several reports alerting them to the incident at around 2:15 p.m., and accessed the crash scene from the Christopherson Steps at the west tip of 24 Avenue.

It’s unclear exactly what caused the ultralight to go down.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann said the pilot – a 47-year-old Surrey resident – simply told police the engines quit.

“But why that happened, we’re not certain,” Schumann said, noting impairment and criminal negligence were both ruled out as possible factors.

Schumann said he wouldn’t classify the incident as a crash.

“Sounds like he landed the plane in just a couple feet of water and just at the very end, it tipped over,” he said. “They were over the water already, so he brought it a safe distance to shore so they wouldn’t have far to go.

“It sounds like he landed it nicely in the water, as nice as it could be.”

One witness told Black Press the aircraft was “flying real low and not very fast” just prior to the landing.

“The right wing just caught the water and… flipped over,” said Chris Wright, adding he overheard the pilot comment that he’d lost power.

The female passenger – a 40-year-old Port Coquitlam resident – was reportedly out on her first training flight. Wright described a man who appeared to be her boyfriend, who arrived at the scene not immediately knowing if she was OK, as “quite distraught.”

Both the passenger and the pilot were checked out by paramedics and released at the scene.

Firefighters attending were initially directed by a caller to the wrong area – the base of 1,001 Steps, eight blocks south over rocky beachfront terrain.

While a police news release issued Sunday stated that both Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Transport Canada were investigating the incident, Schumann said Monday afternoon that is not the case, and the file has been closed.

– with files from Boaz Joseph

Just Posted

Man wanted in connection with attack on taxi driver in Surrey

Assault happened Aug. 8 in the 13200-block of 105A Ave.

LETTER: More caution on roads means fewer grieving families like ours

Our family is one of those grieving the loss of a loved one after yet another crash on our streets

Surrey United to celebrate 50 years of soccer at day-long event Saturday

Dunk tank, bouncy castles, food and more at Cloverdale Athletic Park

South Surrey boy, 10, to help kids in need

Ronin Bulmer is going door-to-door asking for donations

Vancouver, Delta police won’t use new saliva test to detect high drivers

The Dräger DrugTest 5000 is designed to find THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana

AFN national chief suggests moving Trans Mountain pipeline route

Perry Bellegarde said many Indigenous communities believe in the need to diversify export markets

B.C. making progress on senior care staffing, Adrian Dix says

Minister aims to meet residential care provincial standard by 2021

More cameras, police coming after Marissa Shen killed in Burnaby park

Call boxes and increased patrols are also among the $1M in the city’s security measures

B.C. realtor receives racist letter touching on ‘empty homes’

The letter has been met with condemnation of the racism after Winnie Wu posted it online

Pawsitive response by B.C. community for 60-plus surrendered cats

Community comes together to help surrendered cats at Penticton SPCA

Judge weighs Cosby’s sentence after declaring him ‘predator’

Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill made the decision as he weighed the punishment for Cosby

AFN national chief suggests moving Trans Mountain pipeline route

Perry Bellegarde said many Indigenous communities believe in the need to diversify export markets

U.S. worker charged after video shows him spitting on customer’s pizza

Jaylon Kerley of Detroit is charged with a felony count of food law violations

Andrew Weaver congratulates New Brunswick on electing first Green caucus

Election win means there are now three provincial Green Party caucuses in Canada

Most Read