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Updated: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:58:17 GMT | By The Canadian Press, cbc.ca

Small plane crash near Nanaimo kills 2



Officials say the plane crashed on takeoff from the Nanaimo Airport in Cassidy on Saturday evening. Google Maps

Officials say the plane crashed on takeoff from the Nanaimo Airport in Cassidy on Saturday evening. Google Maps

Two people have been killed in a small plane crash at a golf course near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, but no one on the ground was hurt.

Transportation Safety Board spokesman Bill Yearwood says the plane, an "amateur built" Avid amphibious aircraft, crashed shortly after takeoff from the Nanaimo Airport in Cassidy Saturday evening.

No details have been released concerning the victims.

Cassidy is about 20 kilometres southeast of Nanaimo.

Yearwood says the single-engine two-seater went down on the Cottonwood Golf Course, which is adjacent to the airport, and that the two people on board died.

Some golfers were on the course at the time of the crash, but Yearwood says there are no reports of any other injuries..

Trent Kaese, owner and operator of the golf course, told CBC News that golfers were using the 13th and 15th fairways when the plane crashed between the groups, next to the 14th fairway.

Yearwood says Mountiesare interviewing those witnesses as police, along with the TSB and the B.C. Coroners Service, investigate the crash.

Weather conditions were sunny and clear at the time of the fatal accident.

Google Maps: Cottonwood Golf Course

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