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Plane crash kills two in B.C.

TOFINO, B.C. -- Investigators are on their way to the wreckage of Friday's fatal plane crash on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Cpl. Darren Lagan of the Tofino RCMP said police, search and rescue crews, and the B.C. Coroners Service were travelling by ground after poor weather conditions prevented going by air.

The crash killed two people -- the other four people on board survived, though one was in hospital in critical condition.

None of the identities of those on board has been released.

Police say the cause of the crash remains under investigation, but there is no indication of foul play.

The Air Nootka plane left Hesquiaht Lake, about 85 kilometres northwest of Tofino, on Friday morning, but an emergency beacon was activated minutes after takeoff and the plane crashed soon afterward.

Police say the plane was carrying five hikers and was en route to Gold River, about 40 kilometres to the northeast.

The crash triggered a search that involved multiple aircraft, as well as an RCMP vessel, but difficult terrain and poor weather hampered those efforts.

The plane's wreckage was later discovered just north of the lake.

Local First Nations bands also helped in the search.

Air Nootka, a commercial float plane operator based in Gold River, declined to comment.

Egyptian coup protested here

TORONTO -- Demonstrators gathered in some Canadian cities Saturday to protest the military coup that ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi from power.

In Toronto, dozens of protesters chanted for freedom and the end of the military regime that took power in the beginning of July.

Others brandished signs and waved Canadian and Egyptian flags.

One of the protest organizers, Yaser Haddara, called on the Canadian government to remove its ambassador to the North African country in order to put pressure on the Egyptian leaders.

People also held up graphic photos depicting victims of violence in Egypt.

Similar demonstrations were held in Vancouver and Montreal.

 

This country's going snaky

MISSION, B.C. -- British Columbia is the latest province with a snake problem as officers discovered and euthanized nearly 50 illegal pythons in a small-town home.

Insp. Chris Doyle of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service said they were called to a house in Mission on Thursday while the tenant who owned the snakes was being evicted.

Officers discovered 46 reticulated pythons, which are prohibited under the province's Wildlife Act without a permit.

Doyle said no one had a permit at the house, which is located in a residential area within a couple blocks of a school.

The report came the same day that 40 pythons were seized at a Brantford, Ont., motel room.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 18, 2013 A6

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