Some scary moments for a pilot and his passenger on a small plane that went down on the Skeena River.
Deputy fire chief Dave Jephson tells CFNR news that the incident happened around 6 p.m Monday evening. The call came into the Terrace Fire Department who responded along with RCMP and search and rescue personnel to the area near the Zymacord River west of Terrace.
Jephson says a local fisherman who was on the river alerted first responders. He said it appeared the single engine plane that was on balloon tires was able to landed on a gravel bar in the river and they could see people walking around the plane.
Jephson added the pilot experienced engine problems and was setting the plane down when one of the tires hit a depression in the gravel that caused the strut to snap. The damage to the aircraft that resulted was done to one wing and the portion of the engine cowling.
According to reports, the small orange two-seater plane had been flying for 15 minutes when it began to experience engine problems. The pilot landed on the Skeena River gravel bar, but struck a hole, causing a tire to fall off. Nothing criminal or environmental is suspected.
The plane remains on the gravel bar and the owner is now dealing with its removal.
No one on board the plane was seriously injured in the mishap.