2 injured as plane crashes in residential neighbourhood near Victoria


A small plane that was heading for Victoria airport Monday afternoon crashed in Mill Bay, north of the city.

A single engine four-seater plane crashed into the backyard of a home in Mill Bay on Monday. (CHEK News)

Two people were injured, one critically, when a small plane crashed into the backyard of a home in a residential neighbourhood Monday north of Victoria, B.C.

First responders received reports of a small plane crash in the Hayden Place neighbourhood of Mill Bay around 1:25 p.m. The plane was coming from Sechelt on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast and heading for Victoria. Mill Bay is about 30 kilometres north of Victoria.

B.C. Emergency Health Services dispatched six ground ambulances and two air ambulances, according to a spokesperson.

One of the two people injured was airlifted to hospital and is in critical condition.

First responders were dispatched to the Hayden Place neighbourhood on Vancouver Island after a small plane from Sechelt crashed there. (CHEK News)

The other person was transported to hospital in a ground ambulance and is in stable condition. The pair were the only two people aboard the plane, according to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB).

Mill Bay fire chief Ron Beck said the four-seater plane nosedived into the backyard. Residents were home at the time but none of them were injured.

“It was very lucky,” he said. “The family was home at the time … they said the ground shook and then they looked outside and saw a plane.”

The Transportation Safety Board says it’s monitoring the situation. (CHEK News)

The TSB confirms the plane was a privately registered Beech G36 Bonanza. The board says it is not deploying investigators to the site but is monitoring developments.

With files from CHEK News.

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