Air Tindi plane crash investigation continues

The downed plane was a King Air 200. (Photo courtesy of Air Tindi).

The investigation continues into what caused an Air Tindi plane to crash near Behchoko this week – killing both pilots.

They were the only people aboard the King Air 200 when it went down Wednesday morning in a rugged, remote area at the far end of Marion Lake.

It took rescuers hours to reach the crash site once the plane was located Wednesday evening by a Canadian Forces Hercules plane from Winnipeg, but NWT Chief Coroner Cathy Menard says there was no chance either pilot survived the crash.

She says the aircraft hit the ground at an extremely high rate of speed and they almost certainly died on impact.

Menard says the bodies have been sent to Edmonton for positive identification and an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

She has not released their names.

According to a source, the debris field is said to cover a wide area.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has taken over the investigation.

Their team arrived in the area on Thursday.

Tbey’ll be looking for evidence, possibly including the cockpit voice recorder, often referred to as the black box.

It is not entirely clear whether this particular plane was equipped with a black box.

At least one local media outlet has identified the pilots but CKLB has chosen not to until the coroner does and we are sure that all loved ones are aware of the tragedy.

The crash was the most serious of at least three aviation incidents near Yellowknife this week.

A plane landed safely on the Dettah Ice Road while another aircraft returned to Yellowknife Airport after reportedly experiencing mechanical problems.

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