B.C. man killed in float plane crash remembered as soft-spoken hiker

A man identified by a mountaineering club as one of two people killed in a float plane crash on Vancouver Island is being remembered as an accomplished hiker.

VANCOUVER — A man identified by a mountaineering club as one of two people killed in a float plane crash on Vancouver Island is being remembered as an accomplished hiker.

Members of the Comox District Mountaineering Club say Charles Turner was an avid climber who had scaled some of the world’s most significant peaks.

A post on the club’s website says Turner was a gentle and soft-spoken person who liked to help other hikers during mountain treks.

Two people were killed, two others were injured and another two aboard the Air Nootka plane walked away without injuries last Friday when the aircraft crashed about 85 kilometres north of Tofino.

The B.C. Coroners Service has not officially identified the deceased, but some of the survivors have reportedly said Turner and the pilot died.

A forum on the mountaineering club’s website says a private memorial to celebrate Turner’s life will be held on Saturday.

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