Air Tindi plane makes emergency landing outside Fort Providence

Air Tindi's float base in Yellowknife.

A plane was forced to make an emergency landing near the community of Fort Providence on Monday evening about 7 p.m.

According to Deh Gáh Got’ı̨ę First Nation Chief Joachim Bonnetrouge, it was an Air Tindi plane on its way to Yellowknife.

According to RCMP, there were five people on board, including two pilots. No injuries have been reported.

The aircraft was travelling from Yellowknife to Fort Simpson.

Chief Bonnetrouge said he’d not yet been told anything official, but heard the plane landed in the Bluefish Creek area, north of the community.

Air Tindi’s president told Cabin Radio, the plane is about 12 kilometres outside of the community.

Chief Bonnetrouge says the area is swampy and that officers from the department of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as RCMP went to the scene by all-terrain vehicle.

His understanding is a passenger may have messaged from the plane and assumes it was within cell service of the community.

The aircraft ran out of fuel.


Updated Nov. 2, 9:20 a.m.: A previous version of this story said the plane was travelling from Fort Simpson to Yellowknife. In fact, it was going from Yellowknife to Fort Simpson.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com