A misguided bid to steal a float plane from Coal Harbour went awry early this morning, resulting in several aircraft being damaged.
Seair Seaplanes stated that a suspect allegedly attempted to steal a Seair aircraft from the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre around 3:30 a.m. today (February 21).
Seair stated that it rerouted morning flights to their YVR south terminal at Vancouver International Airport.
Around 10 a.m., Seair announced that scheduled flights from Coal Harbour had resumed as scheduled.
Harbour Air Seaplanes also issued a statement, explaining that the stolen aircraft did not leave the water (which was confirmed by Vancouver police) but crashed into a Harbour Air plane, and a second Harbour Air plane was also damaged in the process at the adjacent dock.
Harbour Air stated that early morning flights were rerouted but all flights have been operating according to schedule since around 8:30 a.m.
Vancouver Police Department (VPD) spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin told the Georgia Straight that the plane that the suspect attempted to steal sustained severe damage, a second plane suffered extensive damage and lost one wing, and the third plane involved had minor damage. Const. Visintin stated there weren't any injuries reported and there haven't been any arrests made yet.
Both Seair Seaplanes and Harbour Air stated that they are cooperating with the VPD investigation, which remains ongoing.