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Hard landing leaves seaplane passengers in the drink

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating after six floatplane passengers had to be rescued from the water off a remote North Coast community Tuesday.

Bill Yearwood with the TSB says the de Havilland Beaver made a hard landing at Kitkatla at about 2:40 pm.

Two of the passengers were taken for further treatment; one suffering from back pain and the other who had swallowed a lot of water.

Yearwood says none of the people on board were wearing personal floatation devices when they were rescued.

Yearwood notes that Transport Canada has recently proposed changes that would make it mandatory for passengers and crew on commercial seaplanes to wear an inflatable flotation device when boarding and while the aircraft operates on or over water.

TSB officials hope to examine the aircraft today.

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