The pilot and lone occupant who was killed in a float plane crash near Williams Lake Saturday has been confirmed to be Monty Exton, 77, from Williams Lake, his family says.
Cpl. Chris McGee of the Williams Lake RCMP reported that at 9:55 p.m. Saturday, June 30, Williams Lake RCMP were advised of an overdue float plane.
The private plane had departed Williams Lake around 1:40 p.m. and was due to return to Williams Lake at 5 p.m.
Search and Rescue were advised and a fixed wing aircraft and helicopter were dispatched from Comox, B.C.
An aerial search was conducted and a downed float plane was located approximately nine kilometres north west of Williams Lake, near the Fraser River.
“Examination of the scene confirmed the pilot and lone occupant of this aircraft and did not survive the crash,” McGee reports.
The investigation is now being led by the BC Coroners Service with assistance from the RCMP.