Plane Crashes Just Moments After Taking Off

Plane Crashes Just Moments After Taking Off

RCMP say a plane with 25 people on board has crashed in northern Saskatchewan.

A small airplane carrying 22 passengers and three crew members crashed after it took off in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, the police said.

RCMP say there are multiple injuries, some serious enough to require air ambulance services.

At about 6:15 p.m., RCMP responded to reports of an aircraft that had gone down near the Fond du Lac airport. The passengers reportedly included an infant. It was a two-engine ATR 42 turbo prop plane and was en route to Stony Rapids on a scheduled flight when it crashed, the spokesman added.

"With that many people on a plane, there are injuries", Staff Sgt. Rob Embree said at RCMP headquarters in Regina.

"The rescue effort is the priority right now", said RCMP spokesperson Paul Dederick.


Emergency first responders helped the 22 passengers and three crew members.

Darryl McDonald said his 70-year-old mother, Ernestine, suffered a broken jaw and facial injuries when the plane went down.

"She has a low heartbeat but they have kept her stable", McDonald said of his mother. "I just hope and pray that everyone is OK".

Transport Canada will be taking over the investigation into the cause of the crash.

A number of passengers have been seriously injured after their plane crashed into the ground shortly after takeoff, last night.

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