Ontario Man Killed In Plane Crash Near Sandy Bay

Monday, January 08, 2007 at 13:09



A man is dead and three people are hurt following the crash of a plane on a medevac flight in northern Saskatchewan.


The mishap took place early last night as the Beech King Air 100 twin-engine turboprop owned by Transwest Air was attempting to land at the Sandy Bay airport after a trip from La Ronge.


Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Hildebrandt says the plane was initially reported missing until the wreckage was found just off the runway.


The pilot, a 52-year-old man from Ontario, died from his injuries shortly after the crash.


His 24-year-old female co-pilot and two La Ronge EMS medics — a 44-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman — were injured and transported to hospitals in La Ronge and Saskatoon.


Transwest Air spokesman Ken Landers says all three have non-life-threatening injuries.


Landers says it is too early to know for sure what caused the crash, but he notes poor weather conditions appear to have played a role.