Four people are dead and three others are missing following a crash of an Air Saguenay plane into a Labrador lake.
Air Saguenay confirmed to CTV News that seven people were believed to have been aboard the plane when it went down in northern Labrador Tuesday morning.
The number included one pilot and six passengers, airline president Jean Tremblay said
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) got a call at 11:30 p.m. that a Havilland DHC-2 Beaver float plane was overdue.
Seven people were on board, heading from a fishing lodge near Crossroads Lake, near the Quebec border, to a remote camp on Mistastin Lake in northern Labrador.
The group was scheduled to be back at Crossroads Lake by 6 p.m. Monday, but did not return. A Hercules airplane was put in the air as soon as the call came in to JRCC. The Hercules spotted the wreckage at 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
Air Saguenay has directed a second plane to fly to Mistastin Lake to help with the search for possible survivors.
Maj. Mark Gough of the JRCC said it’s too early to make assumptions about the fate of the missing.
“We don’t know that yet. We won’t know until our guys are on the ground in the next little while and they do the search for any possible survivors.”
There were four passengers, two guides and one pilot on board. Gough said next of kin are being notified.
The cause of the crash is unknown. Officials with the Transportation Safety Board have been called in.