Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Two dead after small plane crashes in Northwest Territories , Canada - 4th Oct 2011

A small plane crash has left two dead in the Northwest Territories.

A pilot and three passengers were aboard a Cessna Caravan, owned by Air Tindi, which crashed 200 kilometres east of Yellowknife Tuesday afternoon, according to a Transportation Safety Board official.

"Our hearts ache for the families of the two individuals who have lost their lives in this tragic incident and our prayers are with the two injured survivors," Air Tindi president Chuck Parker said in a written statement.

The pilot of the aircraft and one passenger died in the crash, said Chris Krepski, spokesman with the Transportation Safety Board.

The two survivors were flown to Yellowknife's Stanton Territorial Hospital via a Twin Otter medevac flight. No information was available about their conditions.

The local RCMP detachment and a military aircraft from Winnipeg assisted with the search-and-rescue effort. Air Tindi also sent a Twin Otter aircraft and two helicopters to the scene. The emergency beacon from the plane did not activate, said Maj. Gerry Farve, air co-ordinator at Canadian Forces Base Trenton's search-and-rescue centre. Read More