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UPDATE: Vernon men identified as victims of northeastern B.C. plane crash

A plane pictured on the LB Chapman Construction Ltd. website. The company contracts air services with Chapman Group Aviation to ferry engineers, technical staff, crew and material to remote locations.
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October 19, 2015 - 2:58 PM

VERNON - A Vernon construction company has been linked to a fatal plane crash in northeastern B.C. last week.

A privately owned Cessna 207 was taking off from the Chapman gravel site in Baldonnel, about 15 kilometres south of Fort St. John of Friday, Oct.16, when it crashed and caught fire, leaving two people on board dead.

According to the B.C. Coroners Service, the two people on board were the pilot, Leonard Bradley Chapman, 56, and Florian Michael Chapman, 26. Both are from Vernon. They died at the scene.

The Chapman gravel pit is operated by LB Chapman Construction Ltd., based out of Vernon.

"Out of respect for the family and the corporate family we’re not providing any comment," a spokesperson from the Vernon head office said, declining to speak on the matter Monday morning, Oct. 19.

The Coroners Service and the Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the crash. Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Chris Krepski says investigators finished collecting evidence at the scene over the weekend and will be continuing to review the incident. 

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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