Five burnt to death in Bearskin Airlines plane crash near Red Lake

Published on : Tuesday, November 12, 2013

red-lake-crash-tsb-259x300A Bearskin Airlines twin-engine turboprop plane met with a crash at about 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay. The plane crashed on approach to the Red Lake airport and burst into flames.

The plane crash killed five people said the mayor of Red Lake. The crash was of huge magnitude and left the people of this small town completely shaken. Two people survived the crash.

Two pilots were killed, said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. , a 25-year-old from Mississauga and a 34-year old from Winnipeg. The three passengers killed include a 53-year-old woman, a 53-year-old male, and a 64-year-old woman, all of whom hail from Red Lake. Their bodies were located within the wreckage.

The survivors were identified as a 29-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman, both from Winnipeg. A male survivor tried pulling a woman out of the wreckage but failed to do so as the plane was engulfed in flames even before he could pull her out.

The two survivors were taken to the hospital and they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He noted the man was able to walk to the ambulance, while the woman appeared to have suffered a back injury. The 19-passenger aircraft knocked down some hydro lines during the crash.

The plane was completely destroyed by the flames and it also set the bush surrounding it on fire. The local fire crew acted immediately and doused the fire of the plane and the woods.

The reason for the crash is yet unknown. However investigations are under process.

The TSB spokesman Peter Hildebrand said that the investigators will examine all aspects of the aircraft, including the structure, controls, engines, propeller and landing gear, to see if any of it could be related to the accident that happened.

There were light clouds and moderate winds out of the northwest around the time of the crash, as well as some snow showers, but not anything severe in terms of this time of year.

Ron Hell, director of marketing and sales for Bearskin, said they are still confirming details of the crash and expect to release more information later. He expressed his condolence to all the families of the passengers involved in the crash. He added that the Bearskin flights will be operating as scheduled.


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