Three floatplanes damaged after someone attempts to steal one

The search is on for someone who reportedly stole a seaplane and crashed it in Vancouver’s harbour Friday at around 3:30 a.m.

“Harbour Air is aware of an attempted theft of a Seair aircraft at the Coal Harbour terminal early [Friday] morning,” the company said. During this incident, two Harbour Air aircraft were damaged.”

An image shows one aircraft with a badly damaged wing, next to a Vancouver Police boat.

“As with any crime in the City of Vancouver, police officers respond accordingly and we investigate thoroughly,” Cst. Tania Visintin with the VPD explained.

It’s unclear how the person managed to get into the aircraft, let alone take off in it.

“The safety and security of passengers is our priority,” Harbour Air said, adding it was working with police “to provide any support required during this investigation.”

Meanwhile, the the attempted theft impacted some travel Friday morning, with a number of passengers who were set to take off from the Coal Harbour terminal being diverted to Vancouver International Airport.

As of 8:00 a.m., Harbour Air said all flights were operating normally.



Not Harbour Air! 😭

I travelled on one when I was in Vancouver, and watched them from the Vancouver Lookout all day long. Almost literally.


Another photo form a different beaver


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Yikes. This is a real shame. I’ve actually flown Harbour Air as well, and it was great! Hopefully this doesn’t affect them in the long run.

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Take the left wing off, tie a rope to the tail and tow people around on rafts and tubes during the summer. Would definitely look and sound cool from the beach.

Im joking of course and hopefully they’ll be able to get this sorted with the authorities!


You might need a bit of weight redistribution to do that but it sounds fun.

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Wow, that thing ripped that wing clean off!

But stealing a seaplane? That’s something I would do in a game 😂




MaxSez: AvSafe Reported as an Incident.

Date: Friday 21 February 2020
Time: 03:30
Type: Silhouette image of generic DH3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter
Operator: Harbour Air
Registration: C-FIUZ
C/n / msn: 135
First flight: 1956
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A
Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location: Vancouver-Coal Harbour SPB, BC (CXH) (|"16"x"11" Canada)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature: -
Departure airport: -
Destination airport: -

A float-equipped Seair Seaplanes de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver was stolen when moored at Vancouver-Coal Harbour Seaplane Base, Canada.
The Beaver impacted a float-equipped Harbour Air DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter (C-FIUZ) that was also moored in the harbour.

It appears that the right-hand wing of the Beaver separated in the accident. The right-hand wing of the Turbine Otter suffered a serious fracture.




GTA IRL?? ▪︎▪︎


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