Vernon men identified as victims in plane crash

Brad Chapman and Florian Chapman died in the accident near Fort St. John

A father and son from Vernon are the victims of an airplane crash near Fort St. John.

Pilot Brad Chapman, 56, and passenger Florian Chapman, 26, died when the Cessna 207 they were in crashed on takeoff from an unpaved airstrip at the Chapman Sand and Gravel site in Taylor Saturday.

The plane was registered to Calgary-based Chapman Corporate Air Services of Calgary and the pit is owned by Vernon’s L.B. Chapman Construction.

“The Chapman Group of Companies, which includes Chapman Group, Chapman Sand and Gravel, Bradan Contracting and L.B. Chapman Construction, grieves the loss of two members of the corporate family,” states a release from the company.

“The Chapman Group would like to reassure everyone that ongoing projects and contracts will be completed, as well as planning for work for 2016 will continue.”

The B.C. Coroners Service and Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the accident.