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Four killed in seaplane crash


LES BERGERONNES, Que.—Quebec provincial police say four people are dead and two others are missing after a seaplane crashed on the province’s North Shore.

Police have said the Air Saguenay plane carrying six people went down in a wooded area yesterday, six km from the community of Bergeronnes.

Surete du Quebec spokesman Jean Tremblay said a search is underway for the two who are missing.

Provincial police say they were contacted yesterday afternoon and told the plane could not be found.

They say the wreckage was not accessible by road, and was located with the help of parachutists from the Canadian Armed Forces.

The Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of investigators to the crash site, where they’ll determine the best way to reach the aircraft.

Canadian Armed Forces search-and-rescue and Air Force personnel are aiding in the rescue and recovery efforts.

Air Saguenay vice-president Jean Tremblay said the Beaver seaplane was taking part in a routine sightseeing flight departing from Lac Long in Tadoussac.

He told The Canadian Press today the flight only was supposed to last 20 minutes.

It wasn’t windy and visibility was clear yesterday.

“It was perfect conditions,” Tremblay said, who offered his sympathies to families who lost loved ones in the crash.

The pilot of the aircraft had more than 6,000 hours of flying experience—all with Air Saguenay, where he’d worked for the past 14 years.

Tremblay said the Beaver seaplane had about 25,000 hours of flight time.

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