Update 3 (December 11): A B.C. Coroners Service investigation into the crash is underway. For more details, see this article.
Update 2: According to several news outlets, the B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed that there are multiple fatalities as a result of the plane crash on Gabriola Island. However, a specific number has not been given yet.
City News Vancouver reported that the plane crashed in a wooded area and sparked a fire amongst the trees.
Update 1: Nanaimo News Bulletin reported that there are no survivors from the plane that crashed near the northern end of Gabriola Island.
Several B.C. news outlets are reporting that a plane crashed tonight on Gabriola Island, located in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, prompting several emergency crews to respond.
According to CHEK News, B.C. Emergency Health Services confirmed that a plane had crashed on the island, located about five kilometres (three miles) east of Nanaimo, after 6 p.m. and emergency crews have been en route to the crash site.
There’s no official word yet on what type or size of plane was involved, how many people were aboard the aircraft, or where it was traveling from.