NEWS

Bodies recovered from B.C. plane crash wreckage

05/15/2012 01:11 EDT | Updated 07/15/2012 05:12 EDT

The bodies of three people killed in a plane crash near Kelowna, B.C., have been recovered from the wreckage, according to the B.C. Coroners Service.

Coroner Barb McLintock says the bodies will be moved to Vancouver General Hospital for identification.

The plane crashed into a hillside Sunday on flight from the Okanagan to Pitt Meadows, killing all three people aboard.

Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board have been examining the wreckage, including the engine, which will be trucked to the Board's regional headquarters in Richmond for more detailed study.

Inspector Vince Crooks says the preliminary investigation hasn't revealed the cause of the crash.

"It's opened a lot of questions for us mostly. We haven't come across anything that we can really work on yet," he said.

"It's one of those ones where it's going to be a lot of little clues, I think, and then it will take a few days to get a hold of all the witnesses and talk to them."

Crooks says investigators will be trying to determine if the plane's engine was performing properly.

Friends say the owner and pilot of the plane was Colin Moyes, a West Vancouver man in his 50s, who kept the amphibious 1966 Beaver float plane in a hanger at the Pitt Meadows airport.

His two passengers have not been identified.

The plane was on a return trip from Kelowna to Pitt Meadows when it crashed on the forested mountainside near Highway 97C around 6:45 p.m. PT Sunday.

B.C. fatal aircraft crashes 2005-2012

MORE:cbcNews