TSB investigation has started into fatal plane crash

*** Caution to readers: There is a photo of the crash site at the bottom of this story.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released photos of the Northwestern Air Lease crash site on Thursday afternoon.

Jeremy Warkentin is the TSB’s Investigator-in-charge of the Fort Smith crash investigation. (TSB handout photo)

The two photos show the extent of the damage to the BAE Jetstream 3212 after it crashed in the woods shortly after take-off Tuesday morning west of the Fort Smith Airport.

The crash claimed the lives of four passengers and two Northwestern Air Lease crew member, the Chief Coroner said on Wednesday in a release.

The sole survivor of the crash was taken to the Fort Smith Health Centre, and later medevaced to Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife.

The flight was heading to Diavik diamond mine.

The TSB said the cause of the crash is still unknown and that no further information will be released right now.

“Because it is early in the investigation and the team is still onsite gathering information,” stated a media release.

There was a post-impact fire, and the aircraft was destroyed.

Accident site 0.7 nautical miles from the end of Runway 30 at Fort Smith Airport. (TSB handout photo.)

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