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Plane crashes at Nanaimo Lakes

A pilot has survived with minor injuries after his aircraft crashed in Nanaimo Lakes Second Lake Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews were called at about 9:30 a.m. when the small Christavia two-seater float plane hit the water.

Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the pilot, 70, from Nanaimo, was out for a morning flight with his dog when the plane went down.

He had no information as to what led to the crash, as information was still trickling in from emergency crews at the scene. There is no cell service in the area and radio communications are hindered by the mountainous terrain around the crash location about 30 kilometres southwest of Nanaimo.

"A squadron Cormorant (helicopter) from Comox attended to the area," O'Brien said. "The plane was towed to shore by a local logging company."

B.C. Ambulance paramedics and RCMP also rushed to the scene.

"He was relatively uninjured," O'Brien said. " He was treated at the scene and elected not to go to the hospital."

O'Brien had no information about the condition of the pilot's dog or the condition of the aircraft.

The Transportation Safety Board was contacted and will interview the pilot at a later date.

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