Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Cessna 170, N4512C: Fatal accident occurred May 27, 2019 near Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport (YXY, CYXY), Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.


Date: 27-MAY-19
Time: 23:30:00Z
Regis#: N4512C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 170
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
Country: CANADA

Two people are dead after a small plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Whitehorse airport Monday evening.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s western regional manager, Jon Lee, confirmed the fatalities in an interview Monday night.

According to Lee, the plane, a Cessna 170, took off from Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport at 5:30 p.m. and crashed shortly after takeoff.

The two occupants inside were “fatally injured,” Lee said.

The plane had an intended destination of Anchorage, Alaska.

The Transportation Safety Board is planning on sending investigators to Whitehorse Tuesday morning, Lee added.

The Whitehorse Fire Department, Whitehorse RCMP and airport rescue firefighters all responded to reports about the crash.

Emergency responders were still on scene as of 7:45 p.m. and drivers are being asked to avoid the area around Robert Service Way.

A News reporter who was near the scene shortly after the crash, saw a column of smoke rising from the forested area immediately south of the airport runway, as well as a helicopter with a bucket circling the area before flying towards Schwatka Lake.

Robert Service Campground attendant Jessica Harach told the News that she had been walking around the nearby campground around 5:30 p.m. when she heard something unusual.

“I heard a plane coming in and it stopped very suddenly, not like, when planes are landing and they sort of wind down,” she said. “It was a very sudden stop … It was just the loud plane, and then nothing.”

Harach said she didn’t see what happened, but soon saw a helicopter in the sky and heard emergency vehicles speeding by.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.yukon-news.com

Two people are dead following a plane crash in Whitehorse Monday evening, an official with the Transportation Safety Board confirmed.

TSB spokesperson Jon Lee said the plane was a Cessna 170B taking off from Whitehorse bound for Anchorage, Alaska. 

A second TSB spokesperson, Chris Krepski, said the plane was privately-owned and both occupants in the four-seat aircraft died in the crash. He said the plane hit the ground 600 metres from the runway and caught fire.

Krepski said the crash was reported at 5:30 p.m. local time.

On CBC's A New Day Tuesday morning, Krepski said TSB officials don't identify people involved in plane crashes. 

He said small planes are not required to have a black box, and that there are "very few" that do have the flight recorders.

At this stage, the TSB is gathering information from the site, potential witnesses, weather, aircraft maintenance and "any airplane data that could be useful," said Krepski.

He said more information about what went wrong on the single-engine aircraft may become available later Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Lee said the TSB is putting together an investigation team from Edmonton to send to Whitehorse. 

"Once we get to the accident site and we're going to take our photos and start to examine the wreckage and collect information from the scene," Lee said.

"The next few days will be predominantly collecting information."

Jessica Harach, an attendant at the nearby Robert Service Campground, said she's used to the sounds of planes taking off and landing at the airport. She said she heard the engine suddenly cut out, but didn't think twice about it until she heard sirens go by.

"You just never think that that's going to happen," she said.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.cbc.ca

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