Three Passengers Dead in Plane Crash in Dehcho Region

Little Doctor Lake

Three people have died after a Simpson Air flight crashed on Thursday evening.

It is unclear at this time what caused the Cessna 206 to go down in Little Doctor Lake, which lies roughly 100 km west of Fort Simpson and 150 km north of Nahanni Butte.

Today the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has confirmed that three of the passengers on board succumbed to their injuries on Thursday evening.

MLA for Nahendeh Shane Thompson says he has been told the passengers were from outside of the Northwest Territories.

He says despite the community not knowing those killed, the crash has still rattled them.

They’re shocked, saddened by the tragic loss. Even though they may not have known the passengers it’s still a loss. It’s a tragedy with three people passing away.

In a press release, RCMP says the two survivors were treated at the Fort Simpson Health Center and released.

TSB spokesperson Chris Krepski says a team of investigators from Edmonton are on their way to the site and are expected to arrive in the area on Monday.

Krepski says to his knowledge the aircraft remains at the bottom of the lake with RCMP and the insurance company working to recover it.

This is the second plane to go down in the Dehcho region this week, as a tourist charter bound for Fort Simpson crashed on Wednesday resulting in minor injuries.

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