Pilot unhurt as Cessna crashes in Maple Bay

A Cessna that crashed near Maple Bay
A Cessna that crashed near Maple Bay's Paddy's Mile Stone Tuesday morning is secured by police and Border Patrol officials at the bay's government dock. The pilot was unhurt. Investigation into the crash's cause was underway.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

The pilot of a Cessna that crashed in Maple Bay Tuesday morning was unhurt.

The pilot, who said he lives outside the Cowichan Valley, declined to comment about why his plane went down south of Paddy's Mile Stone at around 10:30 a.m. in sunny, calm weather.

The pilot, believed to be in his 60s, was the aircraft's lone passenger.

"I didn't crash into the water. I don't want to talk about it right now," he told News Leader Pictorial before being taken by Border Patrol boat to the Maple Bay Yacht Club.

His plane was towed by police boat to the bay's government dock where officials were deciding at press time how to right the craft, then haul it from the bay.

RCMP declined to give details of the wreck, outside of the approximate site of the crash.

It was initially believed the crash happened off Arbutus Point, off Bayview Road.

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