A float plane carrying five people on their way back to the Lower Mainland from Okanagan Lake crashed just off Highway 97 near Brenda Mines Sunday night and burst into flames.
A spokesman with the Transportation Safety Board said there was a report of fatalities, but couldn’t confirm how many.
“There was a post-crash fire,” said Chris Krepski from the TSB.
Horrified motorists, who saw the de Havilland Beaver go down in a heavily wooded area about 200 metres below the Okanagan Connector around 6:45 p.m., reported the crash to RCMP.
Smoke and flame was visible from the highway.
Police said two witnesses saw the plane heading toward Peachland when it went down, possibly meaning the pilot detected a problem and had turned around.
The coroner is on the way to the scene.
The B.C. Ambulance, Kelowna Fire Department and Kelowna RCMP also attended the scene.
In addition, two search and rescue aircraft — a Cormorant helicopter and a Buffalo airplane — were dispatched to the from CFB Comox.
By David Wylie
— With files from The Vancouver Province