Statement from Rio Tinto Regarding Fatal Plane Crash in Northwest Territories

FORT SMITH, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, CANADA – A small plane crashed near Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada on Friday, with all seven people aboard reported to be dead. The plane, operated by a company named Comité des Signaux pour les Industries Géophysiques, was on its way to a remote mining site when it went down shortly after takeoff.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, responsible for policing in the area, stated that a Hercules aircraft located the crash site near Little Doctor Lake. The site is about 100 kilometers east of Fort Smith, and authorities confirmed that there were no survivors.

Officials from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are set to arrive at the crash site to investigate the cause of the incident. The Board said that local weather was not a factor in the crash, as conditions in the area were reported to be clear at the time.

Rio Tinto, the mining company that operated the downed plane, expressed their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased individuals. The company confirmed that no names of the crash victims will be released to the public out of respect for the families’ privacy.

Fort Smith, with a population of around 2,500 people, is a small town often used as a starting point for outdoor adventures and exploration in the area. The crash has deeply affected the community, and local officials are working to support the families of the victims during this difficult time.

The Northwest Territories is known for its remote and rugged terrain, making transportation to and from the area challenging. Air travel is a common mode of transportation for reaching the region’s many mining and natural resource sites. The crash serves as a sobering reminder of the risks associated with such travel in the area.