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Deaths confirmed in the ;plane crash near Fort Smith, NWT.

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Emergency personnel were on hand at the Fort Smith airport Tuesday morning.

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The chief coroner of the Northwest Territories has confirmed that people lost their lives in a plane crash Tuesday morning near from Fort Smith, on the border with Alberta, without being able to specify the number.

At this time, we can confirm that there have been fatalities, but we will not provide further information until next of kin know. not everyone will have been informed of it, wrote Garth Eggenberger in a statement late Tuesday afternoon.

A BAE Jetstream aircraft from Northwestern Air Lease is involved, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, which dispatched a team of investigators to the scene. It is not yet known what happened to the plane.

Fort Smith Deputy Mayor Dianna Korol says the accident was devastating for this community where everyone knows each other and helps each other.

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< p class="Text-sc-2357a233-1 imohSo">The community is in shock. […] The families are in mourning. We just hope everyone has the strength to move forward and get through this tragedy.

A quote from Fort Smith Deputy Mayor Dianna Korol

It's been a pretty tough year, and this week too, for the people of Fort Smith. We're pretty close, so we'll get through this. […] Fort Smith is strong.

Mental health support is available for residents who need it, and Dianna Korol invites them to ask for help.

The territory's premier, R.J. Simpson, expressed his condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims in a statement late this afternoon.

We are feeling the impact of this incident across the Northwest Territories. The people we lost were not just passengers: they were our neighbors, our colleagues, our friends and our loved ones. We will never forget their stories and their contributions to our communities, he wrote.

The Fort Smith Health Center has its side activated Tuesday morning its “large number of injured” protocol. It will remain in effect until official direction is received that the incident response is complete, according to the Health and Human Services Administration release.

The center will welcome patients needing urgent care, but regular appointments could be moved to free up resources, it is added.

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Search and rescue teams were dropped over Fort Smith from a Hercules aircraft Tuesday morning.

Earlier Tuesday, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) said it had dispatched two Hercules planes and a Twin Otter to the scene of the accident. RCMP and Canadian Rangers conducted an on-site search before locating the plane west of Fort Smith, near the Slave River, according to David Lavallee, RCAF public affairs officer in Winnipeg.

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Fort Smith is located near the Alberta border, approximately 700 km by road from Yellowknife.

Around 9:40 a.m. MT, the City of Fort Smith notified residents that an accident involving a plane had occurred. She asked them on Facebook to stay away from the area to facilitate emergency access.

Fort Smith is approximately 700 km by road from Yellowknife , near the Alberta border.

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