Father, son killed in B.C. plane crash

A wharf in the pre-dawn light at Tofino, B.C., is pictured in this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo. (MIKE...

A wharf in the pre-dawn light at Tofino, B.C., is pictured in this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo. (MIKE DREW/QMI Agency Files)

Renato Gandia and Katie Schneider, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

CALGARY -- Residents in a small southern Alberta town are reeling with the death of two men hailed as adventurous businessmen and generous citizens.

Jurrie Vandenberg, 51, a prominent businessman in Picture Butte, Alta., and his son Mike, 25, perished in a plane crash in Tofino, B.C.

Joe Watson, a Picture Butte town councillor, said the tragic news has hit the small community hard where the father and son were well known.

"Jurrie was a high-profile businessman in our community and a well-respected resident," Watson said. "He was generous in donating to causes in the community."

Watson said Jurrie operated a fairly large feedlot business in the rural Alberta town and had many employees.

"I think Jurrie and Michael were very adventurous in their business dealings," he said. "They're not afraid to try anything and just think outside the box."

Investigators said bad weather may have contributed to crash.


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