Plane crash kills three
Members of the Pickle Lake OPP detachment and the Transport Safety Board of Canada are continuing their investigation into a fatal plane crash near Pickle Lake yesterday evening.
Investigators confirmed a privately-owned Lake 250 aircraft, carrying a pilot and three passengers, was travelling from Lac La Biche, Alta. to Trois Rivières, Que., with a planned refuelling stop en route.
Contact was lost with the aircraft after 7:28 p.m. (CDT) and an emergency beacon was detected by Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) shortly thereafter.
The JRCC began to synchronize the search-and-rescue response and notified the OPP.
In addition, JRCC consulted with local police and helped to direct officers toward the emergency beacon location.
As a result, OPP and Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service officers located the downed plane. A Canadian Forces C-130 Hercules Transport plane responded to the scene from 424 Squadron in Trenton.
Four search-and-rescue technicians parachuted in the scene to assist with extrication and medical attention.
OPP confirmed three residents of Trois Rivières were killed in the crash
They were identified as pilot Michel Nadeau, 57, and passengers Bernard Mailloux, 54, and Yanick Fournier, 27.
A 53-year-old male passenger, also of Trois Rivières, remains in a Winnipeg-area hospital in stable condition.
TSB investigators arrived in Pickle Lake yesterday evening.
The OPP’s North West Region Emergency Response Team members have assisted TSB with clearing a path from the highway to the crash location, and will continue to assist TSB investigators with evidence retrieval.
The OPP’s Forensic Identification Unit is assisting the Regional Coroner’s office, with post-mortem investigations to be conducted in Kenora.