Small commuter plane crashes near remote mine in Canada, six dead 

At least six passengers died after a small commuter plane which was carrying them to a remote mine in Canada’s far north crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday (January 23, 2024).

Six die after small commuter plane crashes near remote mine in Canada. Representative Photo Courtesy: Pixabay

According to reports, the flight was on its way from the Diavik diamond mine when the mishap happened close to Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada.

The cause of the crash is still not known.

Chief coroner of Northwest Territories Garth Eggenberger confirmed the fatality in a statement and said investigation into the incident is underway.

Northwest Territories Premier, RJ Simpson, condoled the loss of lives in the incident.

He said in a statement: “It is with a heavy heart that I express my deepest condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were aboard the Northwestern Air flight that crashed outside of Fort Smith today.”

“The impact of this incident is felt across the territory. The people we lost were not just passengers on a flight; they were neighbours, colleagues, friends, and loved ones. Their stories and contributions to our communities will not be forgotten,” he added.

Rio Tinto Chief Executive, Jakob Stausholm, said: “I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the families, friends, and loved ones of those who have been affected by this tragedy. As a company we are absolutely devastated by this news and offering our full support to our people and the community who are grieving today.”