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Deaths confirmed in plane crash near Fort Smith, NWT

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Emergency personnel were present at the Fort Smith airport Tuesday morning.

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The chief coroner of the Northwest Territories has confirmed that people lost their lives in the crash of a plane Tuesday morning near Fort Smith, on the border with Alberta, without being able to specify the number.

We know there are deaths, but we don't know how many, Garth Eggenberger argued Tuesday early in the evening, specifying that this information will be known when the coroners' team has assessed the scene of the accident, preferably in the early morning.

The presence of possible survivors was also unknown to the chief coroner. Families will be contacted once the victims have been identified, he added.

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Fort Smith is located near the border Alberta, approximately 700 km by road from Yellowknife.

It is still unknown the causes of the accident and how many passengers were on board the plane. The BAE Jetstream aircraft belonged to Northwestern Air Lease, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, which dispatched a team of investigators to the scene.

According to Garth Eggenberger, the accident site is approximately 500 m from the end of the Fort Airport runway Smith.

Multinational mining company Rio Tinto said several of its employees were on board the plane heading to the Diavik diamond mine.

As a company, we are devastated by this news. […] We are working closely with the authorities and will do our best to determine what happened, Rio Tinto said in a statement.

Fort Smith Deputy Mayor Dianna Korol says this accident is devastating for this community where everyone knows and helps each other.

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The community is in shock. […] The families are in mourning. We just hope everyone has the strength to move forward and get through this tragedy.

A quote from Dianna Korol, Deputy Mayor of Fort Smith

It's been a pretty tough year, and this week also, for the people of Fort Smith. We're pretty close, so we'll get through this. […] Fort Smith is strong.

Mental health support is available for residents who have need, and Dianna Korol invites them to seek help.

The territory's premier, R.J. Simpson, expressed his condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims in a statement at the end of afternoon.

We are feeling the impact of this incident across the Northwest Territories. The people we lost were not just passengers: they were our neighbors, our colleagues, our friends and our loved ones. We will never forget their stories and their contributions to our communities, he wrote.

The Center Fort Smith Health Center activated its “large number of casualties” protocol on Tuesday morning. It will remain in effect until official direction is received indicating that the incident response is complete, according to the Health Services Administration statement. social services.

The center will welcome patients needing urgent care, but regular appointments could be moved to free up resources, it is added.

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Search and rescue teams were dropped over Fort Smith from a Hercules aircraft Tuesday morning.

Earlier Tuesday, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) said it had dispatched two Hercules planes and a Twin Otter to the scene of the accident. The RCMP and Canadian Rangers conducted an on-site search before locating the plane west of Fort Smith, near the Slave River, according to David Lavallée, RCAF public affairs officer in Winnipeg.

Around 9:40 a.m. MT, the City of Fort Smith notified its residents that a accident involving a plane had occurred. She asked them on Facebook to stay away from the area to facilitate emergency access.

Fort Smith is located about 700 km drive from Yellowknife, near the Alberta border.

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By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116