Fatal plane crash near Bashaw

  • Jun. 8, 2011 7:00 p.m.

BLACK PRESS STAFF

Two brothers from British Columbia died in a plane crash near Bashaw last Friday night, June 3.

Dean and Lee Sorken of Kelowna, B.C. were heading to Killam for a cousin’s wedding when their four person aircraft disappeared from radar on its way from Vernon to Killam. They were reported missing at 11 p.m. on Friday night.

The burning remains of the plane were found Saturday morning at 3:20 a.m., imbedded in a farmer’s field near Boss Hill at the northeast side of Buffalo Lake.

Ben Hofer, who lives near the site of the crash, said he and his neighbours heard an unusual sound just before 11 p.m., The plane was reported to have disappeared from radar at around that time. Bashaw, Killam and Stettler RCMP Detachments were involved in the search for the aircraft after it was reported missing by the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Trenton, Ont.

The RCMP called in to use heavy equipment to excavate the crash site to recover the bodies and extract the wreckage from the farm field.

The RCMP has now turned the site and wreckage over to the Transportation Safety Board to conduct their investigation.

It has been reported the plane appeared to have flown straight into the ground; however, it will be at least a week before Transportation Safety Board investigators will have any kind of picture of what happened, said John Cottreau, public affairs officer for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

“It will take much longer to determine why the airplane, a propeller-driven Mooney M20 with piston powered engine, fell from the sky and appeared to accelerate during its fall,” he said.

Environment Canada reported wind speeds of 21 kilometres per hour with temperatures hovering at about 5C.

“But it will take some time to determine what role, if any, the weather played in the crash,” said Cottreau.

Dean Sorken was founder of Real West, an interior BC company that constructed equestrian facilities and later branched into a line of clothing.

Lee Sorken operated Above and Beyond Aviation, based in Vernon.

Just Posted

Leasee frustrated with work stoppage order at Paradise Shores

On May 17th, the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) issued a stop order at the site

Mock Accident held at Wm. E Hay Stettler Secondary Campus

The accident, along with a distracted driving obstacle course, was held for the graduating class

Popular downtown initiative bolsters Stettler Food Bank donations

Wells Furniture and Brenda’s Cozy Cafe are gearing up for the third annual Food Bank Drive May 29th, 30th and 31st

Man charged with break and enter to Stettler County residence

Stettler RCMP arrested 30-year-old Kyle Grams of Stettler

Magnetos Car Club ready to shine at annual car show and cruise

For the 19th year in a row, featured cars will line Main Street on June 8th

Trudeau touts economic record at Liberal fundraiser in Vancouver

The Prime Minister was in B.C. for much of this week

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Red Deer man arrested in connection with Leduc armed robbery

Leduc RCMP asking for public assistance after armed robbery – UPDATE

Leduc RCMP seek older suspect in alleged assault

Leduc RCMP seek public assistance in identifying assault suspect

School bus crash in Edmonton sends 12 to hospital, 2 with broken bones

Alberta Health Services said there were no life-threatening injuries

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear Alberta murder appeals

Sheena Cuthill and her husband Timothy Rempel were found guilty three years ago of killing Ryan Lane

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Most Read