Ottawa (December 15, 2017): A small passenger plane with 25 people on board crashed in Canada on Thursday near Ottawa.
Police and first responders quickly worked to get the 22 passengers and three crew out of the twin-engine ATR 42 turbo prop. The plane crashed about a kilometer from the airstrip near the remote community of Fond Du Lac.A picture of the crash site shows the damaged aircraft partly on its side in the trees with a wing jutting up in the air at a 45-degree angle. Rick Philipenko, a spokesman for Saskatoon-based West Wind Aviation, confirmed it was one of the company’s planes that crashed.
“The primary concern for us right now is making sure that the passengers and crew are looked after,” he said. The Royal Canadian Air Force said it had sent a Hercules transport aircraft and a helicopter to help.
The Transportation Safety Board said a team of investigators will arrive in the community to probe the crash. Transportation Minister Marc Garneau issued a statement about the crash.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to convey our thoughts for those affected by this accident, and our appreciation for the efforts of local first responders,” he said from Ottawa.
“The Government of Canada is co-coordinating the activity of Transport Canada, Department of National Defence, and the RCMP in responding to this accident.”