At approximately 6:15 p.m on Wednesday December 13th, 2017, Fond du Lac RCMP responded to reports of a downed aircraft near the Fond du Lac airport. A fixed-wing plane had crashed shortly after take-off from Fond du Lac. RCMP members located the aircraft less than a kilometer from the airstrip.
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Fond du Lac RCMP members continue to keep the scene secure today until Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigators arrive.
Prince Albert RCMP General Identification Section (GIS) has arrived in Fond du Lac to assist with scene processing. Prince Albert RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS) also travelled to Fond du Lac to assist, but have since returned to their home base.
An incident such as this requires the RCMP to act as first responders and that first response is all we are able to speak to. We would not be able to release private, personal medical information about the injured even if we were privy to it. We also cannot speak to details around the aircraft, the flight or the ongoing investigation, as that falls under the Transportation Safety Board.
Saskatchewan RCMP would, however, like to recognize the work of all emergency personnel, including our own members as well as community members and all our partner agencies involved in this matter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were injured and their families at this time.
No fatalities have been reported and 22 passengers and 3 crew members aboard the West Wind Aviation flight out of Fond du Lac have been accounted for and removed from the scene of the crash. A number of people have suffered injuries; some serious enough to require air ambulance services.
RCMP members from Stony Rapids assisted the Fond du Lac RCMP in rescue efforts as well as local emergency responders. Additional emergency and rescue resources where dispatched to the scene from Royal Canadian Air Force and Search and Rescue.
Transportation Safety Board of Canada has been advised and will be taking over the investigation into the cause of the crash.
West Wind Aviation has issued a notice for immediate family of their passengers who are requesting information to please call 1-866-933-7755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org