EDMONTON -- Tragedy has struck Canada’s north yet again after two people died and two others were injured in a Tuesday crash.
About 3 p.m., a plane carrying four people — three passengers and the pilot — went down near the remote northern community of Lutselk’e, east of Yellowknife.
Two people were killed. The others sustained critical injuries.
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The crash came almost two weeks since two people were killed and seven others injured when a Twin Otter float plane went down between two buildings in a residential area in Yellowknife.
According to Earl Blacklock of the territory’s transportation department, the plane went down approximately 25 km from the Lutselk’e airport.
Due to the remoteness of the area, rescue crews were flown in by a Hercules search-and-rescue aircraft, and Twin Otter plane, which landed nearly 10 km from the crash site on the rugged terrain, forcing rescue crews to hike to the wreckage.
“They have found survivors,” said Blacklock, who wasn’t sure if there were any fatalities.
“That’s all I have at this point.”
Brian Green works at the only general store in the small northern community of approximately 300 people on the east arm of Great Slave Lake.
He said the plane belongs to Air Tindi, and arrives from Yellowknife every day around noon, delivering supplies to the store and other services in the community.
But on Tuesday the plane never came.
“My driver went to the airport to wait for the flight, but they turned back due to bad weather,” said Green, who noted it was a bit foggy and rainy, but there was no wind.
“We assumed they had gone back to Yellowknife safely.”
Air Tindi is based in Yellowknife and operates daily flights to isolated communities.
Company president Chuck Parker said the plane was a Cessna 208 Caravan that was heading from Yellowknife to Lutselk’e. He declined to provide further comment.
The crash is the third to happen in the north in the past few months.
On Aug. 20, a passenger jet carrying 15 people was travelling from Yellowknife when it crashed near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, killing 12 people and injuring three others.
Unfortunately, my uncle was one of the passengers that did not survive.
Rest in peace, Uncle Tim.