Canada authorities are still trying to determine whether a full investigation into the Sept. 2 crash of a float plane in Quebec that killed Oakland pilot Bill McKay is needed.

John Cottreau, spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said Thursday that officials are now in the assessing stage.

“If we decide to do a full investigation, it will be a long time before we have any conclusions,” Cottreau said.

He said that after an accident, officials with the agency gather information and decide how to proceed from there.

“That assessment is still going on,” he said.

Cottreau said he could not release any information about the status of the crash survivors.


McKay’s daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Mike Turner, were in the plane when it crashed and were injured. They hiked to a road where they were picked up by forestry workers.

“We simply do not give out the status of people involved in an accident,” Cottreau said.

Dwight Leighton, a business associate of McKay, said Thursday that he did not have an update on the Turners.

“The last I heard is that Katie is here (in central Maine) and Mike’s still in Canada — that’s all I know,” Leighton said.

Officials at Centre Hospitalier Regional Baie-Comeau, where the Turners were taken after the crash, would not release information about their conditions.

The crash occurred in a forest near Lake St. Pierre, about 50 miles north of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, a city on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.


McKay and the Turners were on a fishing trip and flying from one lake to another in McKay’s Cessna 185 seaplane at the time, according to Canadian authorities.

Those who answered the phone at central Maine businesses owned by McKay’s family members wouldn’t comment on the Turners’ conditions. No one answered the phone at McKay’s home.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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