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Pilot killed in Hesquiat Lake plane crash identified

08/23/2013 07:18 EDT | Updated 10/23/2013 05:12 EDT
The B.C. Coroners Service has identified the pilot who died in a float plane crash near Hesquiat Lake north of Tofino last weekend.

"Grant Clifford Howatt, aged 66, from Ladysmith, was the pilot of the Air Nootka plane which crashed moments after taking off from Hesquiat Lake on a flight to Gold River late on the morning of Aug. 16," said a statement issued by coroner Barb McLintock.

Mountaineer Charles Henry Turner, 63, was previously identified by his friends as the second person killed in the crash.

Four other passengers survived when the small plane struck a tree while taking off from the remote lake.

The BC Coroners Service, Transportation Safety Board, and WorkSafeBC continue to investigate the crash, said McLintock.

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