I just heard on the CBC that North wright lost a plane today. Report said they flew into the side of a mountain in bad weather. All 6 souls were killed.
"There but for the grace of God Go I."
Six people killed in plane crash between Norman Wells and Fort Good Hope
NORMAN WELLS, N.W.T. (CP) - Six people have been killed in a plane crash in the Northwest Territories.
RCMP say the commercial craft left Fort Good Hope on Wednesday afternoon with five passengers and a pilot, and was due to arrive in Norman Wells about 1:15 p.m. It was reported overdue at 2:50 p.m. and an ELT signal was picked up which identified an area for the missing aircraft between the two communities.
An RCMP member found the crash site in a remote, mountainous area a few hours later and reported there were no survivors.
The Transportation Safety Board was investigating.
RCMP said they would be assisting.
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NORMAN WELLS, N.W.T. (CP) - Six people flying out to attend a funeral were found dead Wednesday in the wreckage of a small commercial plane that crashed in a remote, mountainous area of the Northwest Territories.
"There had been a drowning . . . and these people had attended the funeral of the drowning victim," said RCMP Sgt. Larry O'Brien.
"We can't confirm identities yet, our members are still working on that."
However, a relative of some of the victims, who didn't want her name used, identified them as Judith Pierrot, a young child; Farrah Grandjame, a teenager; and adults Gary Grandjambe, Kenny Stewart and Alfred Mazazumi.
The pilot also died.
"There's people gathered everywhere, the families and stuff," said the woman from Norman Wells, who would only say one of the victims was a cousin and another was a nephew.
"We've been talking to people in Fort Good Hope and they're just totally in shock. The whole region (is related)."
She said so far there is no indication what caused the crash.
"Nothing yet. I don't think the bodies have even been brought in yet, at this point."
However, she said many people she knew were already flying out to Fort Good Hope to lend support to their relatives there.
"That's the only way, because there's no roads up here to drive in. So they'd either have to go by boat or plane."
A man who answered the phone at the Fort Good Hope Co-op said he also knew all the victims, but couldn't talk because he was busy taking food to the homes of the relatives.
News of the deaths spread quickly in the tight-knit community. On Farrah Grandjambe's webpage on the blogging site http://www.bebo.com, condolences were already being posted for the 17-year-old.
"I shed a tear but I know that won't bring you back," wrote Tara H. "I still can't believe it, I miss you too much . . . Why God had to take you, I don't know."
The site gave a poignant glimpse into the life of the girl.
"Well as for me, I am a little native from the North that use to live in a very small community but moved away for my last years in high school," she wrote.
"I currently live in a big house with a whole load of natives, and it gets pretty crazy in there, if you know what I mean."
RCMP said the North-Wright Airways plane left Fort Good Hope with five passengers and a pilot, and was due to arrive in Norman Wells about 1:15 p.m.
But when it didn't arrive by 2:50 p.m., a search and rescue effort was mounted by RCMP along with civilian personnel.
"When the plane was reported missing, several planes were sent up from Norman Wells - commercial planes - to search for it," said O'Brien.
"In addition, a helicopter left Norman Wells with one of the local RCMP members on board, and it was these planes that were able to find the crash."
An ELT - or emergency locator transmitter - signal was picked up which pointed to a specific area where the plane had gone down somewhere between the two communities.
"It's a beacon that goes off in the airplane automatically during an accident," explained John Lee, western regional manager of the Transportation Safety Board.
When the crash site was found, there were no survivors.
"Our investigators will be deploying tomorrow morning," said Lee. "We conduct parallel investigations at the beginning of all aircraft accidents, and when the RCMP determine there is no criminal involvement, they typically say . . . that they would hand it over to us."
O'Brien said dealing with the crash was putting a strain on the resources of the small detachments involved.
"What we've done to help the members in Fort Good Hope and Norman Wells, we've sent members out of Yellowknife," he said.
"Several members have flown up to assist the detachment both in terms of dealing with the crash and dealing with policing in those communities."
Fort Good Hope is a community of about 600 people 800 kilometres Northwest of Yellowknife.
It was the site of another fatal plane crash that killed four people on New Year's Eve 2001.
Pilot error was eventually determined to be the cause of the crash of a Cessna 172 owned by Ursus Aviation. The plane hit a snow-covered mountainside.
Three people survived the impact but died from exposure before rescuers found them.
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And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
The Airmans Prayer
If I climb up into heaven, thou art there
If I go down to hell, thou art there also
If I take the wings of the morning
And remain in the uttermost parts of the sea
Even there also shall thy hand lead me
And thy right hand shall hold me
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uv-ei-nei chawl ro-ei-nu.
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