FORT SMITH, Northwest Territories — The dying toll from a small aircraft crash in Canada’s Northwest Territories was six, authorities mentioned Wednesday. The aircraft was carrying workers from the Rio Tinto mining firm.
The Northwest Territories coroner’s workplace mentioned that 4 passengers and two crew members from Northwestern Air Lease had been killed in Tuesday’s crash, whereas a lone survivor was taken to a hospital and later airlifted to Yellowknife.
The aircraft took off from the airport in Fort Smith, after which crashed close to the banks of the Slave River.
Rio Tinto mentioned that plenty of its employees had been on the aircraft, which was headed to its Diavik Diamond Mine, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
“I wish to prolong our deepest sympathy to the households, buddies, and family members of those that have been affected by this tragedy. As an organization we’re completely devastated by this information and providing our full help to our individuals and the group who’re grieving right this moment,” Rio Tinto chief govt Jakob Stausholm mentioned in a earlier assertion.
“We’re working intently with authorities and can assist in any method we will with their efforts to seek out out precisely what has occurred.”
The city council mentioned in a press release that those that died are treasured members of the group and their loss touches everybody. The city mentioned that persons are welcome to go to the group recreation middle right this moment for snacks, drinks and pleasant faces.
The city of Fort Smith is about 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles) northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia, close to the border between Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Canada’s transportation security board is sending investigators to the scene. The Canadian navy responded when the aircraft misplaced contact shortly after taking off close to Fort Smith.