All 25 passengers aboard a two-engine plane headed for a small town in northern Canada survived after the aircraft crashed into a field about a half-mile away from the airstrip.
The harrowing incident took place on Wednesday night, when a West Wind Aviation flight crashed shortly after taking off from the Fond-du-Lac airport in Saskatchewan, CBC News reported. In a statement, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police noted that all 25 passengers â€śhave been accounted for and removed from the scene of the crashâ€ť and revealed that there were no fatalities.
â€śThere was no explosion or fire,â€ť the RCMP said in a news release. â€śA number of people have suffered injuries, some serious enough to require air ambulance services which are currently en route.â€ť
Onboard the ATR-42 plane were 22 passengers, two pilots, and a flight attendant. One of the passengers is an infant. They were headed to Stony Rapids when the plane crashed; investigators have yet to determine the cause of the accident.
â€śWith that many people on a plane, there are injuries,â€ť Staff Sgt. Rob Embree at the RCMP headquarters in Regina told CTV News shortly after the crash. â€śRight now, thatâ€™s what weâ€™re focusing on so basically itâ€™s a rescue effort happening at this time.â€ť
Raymond Sanger, a Fond-du-Lac resident, arrived at the scene of the crash as soon as he heard about it and followed the sound of people screaming to the crash site.
â€śThey were all pinned inside between chairs and seats and all that,â€ť Sanger told the outlet. â€śWe cut some metal and broke some metals so that we could get these people out.â€ť
Transport Minister Marc Garneau offered sympathies for those affected by the accident and indicated that a probe would take place.
â€śWe will cooperate fully with the Transportation Safety Board of Canadaâ€™s investigation into this accident,â€ť he said. â€śTransport Canada is appointing a ministerâ€™s observer who will keep me informed of the investigationâ€™s progress.â€ť