3 deaths after a plane crash near Fort Simpson, N.W.T., 2 survivors treated

Three people died after a Simpson Air flight went down on Thursday night in the Northwest Territories, the Transportation Safety Board confirmed.

The Territorial Health and Social Services division says that two survivors were treated and released.

The TSB said the incident occurred at 18.35 pm MT and involved a Cessna 206. According to Damien Healy of Public Health and Social Security, the plane went to Little Doctor Lake, near the North Nahanni River and at west of the community of Fort Simpson.

He said in an e-mail that a male pilot and female passenger were flown to the Fort Simpson Health Center late Thursday night. "Both survivors were judged harmless by the doctor and the local health nurse." Healy said that a counselor helped the survivors at night before both patients were released.

Little Doctor Lake in 2015. It is in this area that the plane went down on Thursday night. (Submitted by Lana de Bastiani)

A team of researchers from the TSB goes to the area and expects to arrive on Saturday, according to spokesperson Chris Krepski.

Ted Grant, the owner of Simpson Air, would not comment on the crash, delaying the RCMP.

The Mounties did not comment.

Simpson Air says on his website that his charter flights are flying in the Mackenzie Valley of NWT. It has been active since the 1960s.

An aircraft, owned by South Nahanni Airways, went into Nahanni Butte, N.W.T. The passengers and pilot suffered minor injuries.

The incident took place at Little Doctor Lake, west of the community of Fort Simpson, according to the Department of Health and Welfare Services of N.W.T. (CBC)

With files from Hilary Bird

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