Plane crash claims Lake Country resident

Kevin Roger Williams, 42, from Lake Country, was the pilot of the Air Cab Cessna 185 float plane

The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identities of three men who died in a float plane crash on West Cracroft Island, near Port McNeil on Vancouver Island.

Kevin Roger Williams, 42, from Lake Country, was the pilot of the Air Cab Cessna 185 float plane which crashed into an island in the middle of Potts Lagoon, where it was expected to land, at about 11:45 a.m. Oct. 24.

The two passengers on the plane were Frederick Gerald Cecil Wiley, aged 40, of Merville on Vancouver Island, and Norm Slavik, aged 59, of Surrey.

The two had chartered the plane to take them from Port McNeill to a logging operation on West Cracroft Island, a small island on the east side of Robson Bight east of Alert Bay.

All three men died on impact. The B.C. Coroners Service, Transportation Safety Board, and WorkSafeBC continue to investigate these deaths.