Fort Smith Plane Crash: Rio Tinto employees identified among victims in Tuesday plane crash near Slave River

Fort Smith Plane Crash: Rio Tinto employees identified among victims in Tuesday plane crash near Slave River.

The Transportation Safety Board confirmed that on Tuesday, January 23, a British Aerospace Jetstream passenger jet crashed close to Fort Smith, Newfoundland and Labrador, approximately 740 kilometers south of Yellowknife and close to the Alberta border.

After taking off from the town’s airfield, the aircraft lost touch and crashed close to the Slave River.

The aircraft had been chartered, according to Northwestern Air Lease, the business that owned the registration.

A number of Rio Tinto employees were on the aircraft that was traveling to its Diavik Diamond Mine, which is located 300 kilometers northeast of Yellowknife.

“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,” Rio Tinto said in a statement.

The number of passengers on board the flight was not immediately known, although according to the airline’s website, that particular model of aircraft can accommodate 19 people.

Although the state of individuals on board the aircraft was unknown, the coroner’s office for the territory reported that there were fatalities.

The medical facility in Fort Smith, a town with 2,500 residents, triggered its mass casualty protocol. When a hospital’s resources could be depleted by the volume of patients and care needed, a protocol like this is put in place.

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