A Harbour Air seaplane, with 6 people on board, collided with a pleasure boat on Saturday

  • OtterA
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    A spokesperson for Harbour Air said one of its planes, with five passengers onboard for a sightseeing tour, collided with a boat after takeoff from the seaplane terminal.

    Ouch, hope everyone involved recovers smoothly/quickly

  • Sonori@beehaw.org
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    I’m curious as to what that boat was trying to do there. The seaplane can’t really turn when moving that fast, but the boat should have been easily able to turn around, slow down, or get out of the way. Were they just not paying any attention to their surroundings dispite being in a part of the harbor with a lot of boats and where seaplanes are constantly landing and taking off?

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      The seaplane can’t really turn when moving that fast, but the boat should have been easily able to turn around, slow down, or get out of the way.

      That’s why the rule is generally the smaller boat will GTFO of the way; preferably with a 90-degree turn.

    • JohnnyCanuckOP
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      I would think the area would be a no go zone for boats, and there should be a tower with a clear view. In the video it looks like another similar boat is moving out of the way. But it looks like a lot of mistakes all at once to me.

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        I was in coal harbour one day last year and spent a while watching one of the sea planes taxi and take off.

        At one point it had started gaining speed to take off but had to cancel at the last minute because someone in a kayak drifted in front of it so it turned around and had to do the whole thing again. There were tons of other craft out on the water too, and I found it kind of crazy that it’s being used as an airport considering how busy and chaotic it seems to be.

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          It’s not chaotic at all imho, it’s most often pretty organized. The landing and takeoff area is off limits, but once in a while someone will end up there anyway.

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    As shown in the video, the rule about smaller vessels vs larger vessels was not followed, and the wheeeee boat guy failed to GTFO in a direction perpendicular to the direction of travel of the bigger vessel (the one with the blender on its nose). It’s a remarkable failure on the part of the wheeeeee boat captain.

    We have licenses for boston whalers in boston whalers, right? Or is it just the airplane pilots who need to prove their knowledge?

    I hope the civil case comes out well.

  • AutoTL;DR@lemmings.worldB
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    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    A number of people have been hospitalized after a seaplane collided with a boat in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour near Stanley Park on Saturday, officials confirmed.

    A CBC reporter on the scene, near Canada Place, confirmed that rescue boats were circling a small plane in the water near Brockton Point in Stanley Park.

    The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) said in a statement that a Harbour Air seaplane collided with a pleasure boat in the water around 1 p.m. PT.

    A spokesperson for Harbour Air said one of its planes, with five passengers onboard for a sightseeing tour, collided with a boat after takeoff from the seaplane terminal.

    A statement from the Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria said officials received a call around 12:55 p.m. PT involving a floatplane and a boat in Coal Harbour.

    “Kitsilano Coast Guard station sent two vessels to the scene — the Laredo Sound and a fast rescue craft,” the JRCC said.


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