Victim of plane crash in British Columbia Interior is Saskatoon businessman

SASKATOON – A Saskatoon businessman has been identified as the victim of a plane crash in the B.C. Interior earlier this week.

His friend Rob Olson says Leonard Banga, 42, was piloting the small float plane when it went down near a hunting and fishing lodge he owned in west-central B.C.

RCMP reported that four passengers in Banga’s plane survived the impact and were found by search-and-rescue workers who parachuted into the crash site.

Banga made headlines in 2014 when he tried to fire members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club from his Xtreme Mining and Demolition company.

A former Hells Angel was convicted of uttering threats against him.

More recently, Banga and his wife purchased the Corman Air Park airstrip this spring, with plans to spend about $3 million fixing up the facility.

“He was just a very dynamic individual and a great doer and just an all-around great guy,” said Olson.