Air Tindi has confirmed that two of its pilots who went down on a plane Wednesday morning between Behchoko and Whati did not survive.
Military search and rescue technicians reportedly parachuted into the scene after it was first located last evening in a rugged, remote area.
It reportedly took them some seven hours to reach the crash scene.
The flight was on route to Whati from Yellowknife yesterday morning when communication was lost with it between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.
Personnel aboard a search and rescue Hercules aircraft, dispatched by the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario, spotted the downed plane last evening.
Members of the Canadian Rangers and civilians, all on snowmobiles, are also involved in what’s now believed to be a recovery effort.
The only communication from the scene would be by satellite phone.
There was some blowing snow in the area at the time radio communication was lost with the King Air 200 between 9 and 9:30 yesterday morning.
Environment Canada shows the local temperature dropped to -31 Wednesday night with the wind chill.
The names of the pilots have not been released.
Their families have been told about the situation, according to Al Martin, president of Air Tindi.
He was not prepared to speculate on what happened when CKLB reached him yesterday.
Two investigators from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) have also arrived in Yellowknife to begin their investigation.
A TSB spokesperson says they are now making arrangements to get to the scene of the downed plane.