Plane carrying Rio Tinto workers crashes in Canada’s Northwest, some killed
TORONTO: (Reuters) A small plane carrying Rio Tinto workers crashed near Fort Smith in Canada’s remote Northwest Territories during a flight to its Diavik diamond mine, killing some people on board.
There were no details on how many people died or how many had been on board, but Northwestern Air Lease, the plane’s registered owner, said on its website it has two types of BAE Jetstreams in its fleet, both able to carry 19 passengers.
Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jakob Stausholm said in a statement that the company was devastated by the crash.
“We are working closely with authorities and will help in any way we can with their efforts to find out exactly what has happened,” Stausholm said.
Northwestern Air Lease did not respond to requests for comment, but the premier of the Northwest Territories put out a statement mourning those lost.
“It is with a heavy heart that I express my deepest condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were aboard the Northwestern Air flight that crashed outside of Fort Smith today,” Premier R.J. Simpson said.
Chief coroner of Northwest Territories Garth Eggenberger confirmed there were fatalities.