10/24/2013 04:36 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

3 dead in plane crash near northern Vancouver Island

Officials with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria, B.C. have confirmed that three people have died in a plane crash near at the northern end of Vancouver Island.

The crash reportedly happened near the floating community of Potts Lagoon, on West Cracroft Island, east of Port McNeill.

Alert Bay RCMP says the plane in question is a Cessna 185 — a six-passenger plane with a single engine.

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