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UPDATE: Five killed in Red Lake plane crash

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

Five people are confirmed dead after a Bearskin Airlines passenger plane crashed in Red Lake, Sunday evening.

The Ontario Provincial Police were notified at approximately 6:34 p.m. (Central Standard Time) that the 19-seat  Metro Fairchild passenger plane  had crashed on the approach to landing at Red Lake airport. The passenger plane had departed Sioux Lookout and was scheduled to land in Red Lake.

Members of the OPP Red Lake Detachment including the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), as well as members of the Red Lake Fire Department and ambulance responded to the location in the area of the Red Lake airport.

A fifty-year-old female from Winnipeg and a twenty-nine-year-old male from Winnipeg were both transported from the scene by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Five deceased have been confirmed. The identities of the deceased will be released when next of kin have been notified.

The two male pilots: a twenty-five year old from Mississauga and a thirty-four year old from Winnipeg, and three passengers: a fifty-three year old female, a fifty-three year old male, and a sixty-four year old female all from Red Lake were located within the wreckage. The identities of the deceased have not yet been confirmed.The OPP will remain on scene to assist the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in the investigation.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.


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