Plane crash kills four near Sioux Lookout, Transportation Commission investigates

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SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ont. — Four people have died after a plane crash in northwestern Ontario, officials said Sunday as the Transportation Safety Board of Canada opened an investigation into the incident.

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David Lavallee, a public affairs officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force, said the search for the Piper PA-28 Cherokee began near Sioux Lookout, Ont., around 4:30 a.m. Saturday after officials were notified of a late plane. the day before.

He said rescuers were able to zero in on the plane’s emergency locator transponder and the crash site was discovered later that day southeast of Sioux Lookout, about 450 kilometers away. east of Winnipeg.

“It’s remote and hard to get to,” Lavallee said.

Lavallee said four people were on the plane and none survived the crash.

The extensive searches included an Air Force Hercules turboprop aircraft and Griffon helicopter, as well as an Ontario government helicopter and a team from the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association of Thunder Bay, Ontario. .

Lavallee said the plane took off from Dryden, Ont. and was on his way to Marathon, Ontario.

A news release from the Ontario Provincial Police says the wreckage was located in the Lake Kukukus area, which is between Igance, Ontario. and Sioux Lookout.

Police said the identities of the four occupants of the planes will not be released until they are confirmed and family members are notified.

A Transportation Safety Board press release says a team of investigators has been deployed to the crash site.

Spokesman Chris Krepski said the plane appears to have left Dryden on Friday evening.

The crash was the second incident in April involving a small plane in northern Ontario.

A Piper Commanche went missing after taking off from Delhi, Ontario. April 14, also en route to Marathon. Despite an extensive search, there has been no sign of him or his two occupants.

The aircraft’s last known position was 60 kilometers north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 1, 2022.

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