February 23rd, 2024

Passenger airplane crashes in Northwest Territories, injuries unknown

By The Canadian Press on January 23, 2024.

RCMP say a plane has crashed near Fort Smith, N.W.T. An RCMP logo is seen in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 16, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

FORT SMITH, N.W.T. – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says a plane that crashed near Fort Smith, N.W.T., was a British Aerospace Jetstream registered to Northwestern Air Lease.

The airline’s website says it has two of the planes in its fleet that can carry 19 passengers.

There is no word on how many people were on the plane that crashed, or if there are any injuries or fatalities.

The safety board says it’s sending investigators to the scene.

A representative for the company did not provide immediate comment.

Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton confirmed the military responded after the plane lost contact shortly after taking off near Fort Smith, a town about 740 kilometres south of Yellowknife near the Alberta boundary.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Jan. 23, 2024.

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