Alan and Kathryn Boudreau, the couple killed a week ago when the plane they crashed on Gabriola Island, BC, was friends with pilot Alex Bahlsen, and the trio was returning from a vacation together in Mexico, a family friend. According to.
Alan Boudreau was himself a licensed pilot with years of flying experience — and owned two planes, one a boat aircraft, according to Wayne Jahelka, a friend of the couple for 15 years.
He said that Boudreau was working toward obtaining his commercial pilot’s license and flew out of Cassidy Airport in Nanaimo, BC.
Jahelka said, “This was his latest passion.” He met Alex through that need for someone, like, with the apprentice.
Boudreau and Bahlsen quickly became friends after meeting in the spring. The men and their wives planned a vacation together in Mexico.
Jahelka said, “The whole idea was, ‘Let’s do a long flight together.’
Jahelka said Bahlsen’s wife remained behind in Mexico at the end of the holiday, spared the unfortunate flight.
A preliminary report from NAV Canada said that 42 and both Baudreau’s 53-year-olds were killed in a plane crash on Gabriola Island on Tuesday after the Nanaimo airport received a report of an “equipment issue.”
According to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), the aircraft hit the ground with such force that investigators also struggled to verify the aircraft’s registration.
The TSB has confirmed that the plane was on a private pleasure flight that took off from Bishop, Calif., And was heading towards Nanaimo in BC.
Aviation experts say the evidence suggests that there was some mechanical or technical problem before the aircraft landed.
Boudreau lived in Saltair, 30 km south of Nanaimo. According to Jahlaka, he was originally from Ontario.
The couple owned the Island Hothouse Farm in Ladysmith, BC, which supplies produce to Vancouver Island. They had sold the business, and we’re enjoying retirement when the accident occurred.
“Kathryn and I would go on lots of walks, Bill and Al (Jahelka’s husband) would go to golf,” she said.
The two couples enjoyed a vacation together in Mexico a year ago but flew in a commercial plane and from their destination.
Jahelka says her friends were part of a tight-knit neighborhood group of five couples who often socialized together.
Boudreau leaves behind his three children, Jeffrey, 28, Bridget, 25, and Rae Bareli, 23.
Jahelka said, “The family is holding the best they can”. “They are surrounded by family and friends who are supporting them in every way possible.
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