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Steel-nerved pilot lands safely despite float plane's 'catastrophic failure'

from National Post

More than a kilometre above the dense forests of Vancouver Island, Richard Johnston suddenly found himself piloting a 1,500-kilogram float plane without power. "The prop came to a grinding halt," said the veteran trail lawyer. "It was fairly evident to me I had suffered a catastrophic failure." Flying solo in a 1967 Cessna 185E Skywagon float plane historically, a favourite of Canadian bush pilots — Johnston was travelling between his home in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and Bamfield, a remote community of 150 on the western edge of Vancouver Island. more


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