Four people died in a plane crash southeast of Sioux Lookout, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) confirmed on Sunday.
Rescue teams found the plane early Saturday, according to the Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Center. There were no survivors among the four people on board.
“Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those on board during this difficult time,” David Lavallee, spokesman for 1 Canadian Air Division and Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters, said Sunday.
JRCC Trenton organized a search on Saturday after the plane was reportedly late for arrival. The aircraft was a Piper PA-28 Cherokee, which is a two to four passenger light aircraft used for family, flight training or taxiing, and it was transiting between the two towns in northwestern L ‘Ontario, Dryden and Marathon.
Lavallee said the search involved two RCAF aircraft, specifically a CC-130H Hercules from 435 Squadron based in Winnipeg and a CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 424 Squadron, based at 8 Wing Trenton, Ont.
An Ontario government helicopter also assisted in the search, and Civil Air Search and Rescue Thunder Bay provided support.
Searchers used the plane’s emergency locator beacon to find the plane, Lavallee added.
Sioux Lookout is a town located approximately 350 kilometers northwest of Thunder Bay.
Provincial police are investigating
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Sioux Lookout Detachment is currently investigating the fatal plane crash, according to a news release issued Sunday morning.
The identities of the victims are not being released until they are confirmed and family members are notified, he added.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has also been notified, a spokesperson confirmed to CBC News, and they are sending a team of investigators to the scene of the crash to gather information and assess what happened. past.