Fatal Plane Crash Near Canadian Mine Claims Lives

A tragic plane crash occurred near Rio Tinto’s Diavik diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories, resulting in multiple fatalities as confirmed by authorities and the mining company.

The small passenger plane, operated by Northwestern Air and capable of carrying up to 19 people, crashed mere yards from the runway at Fort Smith Regional Airport.

The exact number of casualties remains unclear, with authorities withholding details until families of the victims are notified. The Fort Smith Health Center has initiated its Mass Casualty Protocol, and local administration urges residents to allow emergency responders to operate unhindered.

Community and Corporate Reaction

The mining giant Rio Tinto expressed devastation over the incident, pledging full support in the ongoing investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

“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 CEO Jakob Stausholm was quoted as saying.

The incident has sent shockwaves through the community, with Fort Smith’s deputy mayor highlighting the pervasive grief and calling for strength to overcome this tragedy.

As the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Canadian Rangers engage in search and rescue operations, another unrelated incident involving a heliskiing operation helicopter crash in British Columbia adds to the somber mood, prompting concerted efforts to understand these accidents and support the affected families and communities.

With information from CBS News

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