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Plane crash near the mine Diavik: minor injuries, according to Air Tindi

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The Diavik diamond mine is located approximately 300 kilometers from Yellowknife. (Archive photo)

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A Twin Otter plane carrying eight passengers and two crew members on an Air Tindi charter flight crashed about 300 km northeast of Yellowknife on Wednesday around 12:45 p.m. local time . The crew reports only minor injuries, according to Chris Reynolds, president of Air Tindi, the airline based in the Northwest Territories.

Military rescue and search teams were sent to the location where the passengers and crew took refuge, according to Chris Reynolds. He added that Air Tindi planes also attempted to reach the group.

At 7 p.m. local time, Chris Reynolds added that the #x27;army will try to parachute two rescuers in the evening.

We were taken by surprise. There was no sign that this was going to happen. “We're just not sure what happened,” Reynolds said, adding that they are focusing on getting everyone back safely.

Air Tindi is a company specializing in flights to remote areas of the Far North since 1988. Its fleet includes six Twin Otter aircraft and several others of different models. The company operates daily scheduled flights, air ambulance services and charter flights for tourists or people working for mines and the government.

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Air Tindi headquarters in Yellowknife. (File photo)

Chris Reynolds says the plane, which was on skis, crashed in the area of ​​the Diavik diamond mine camp, but the plane was not carrying any passengers to or from the camp . He ensures that the passengers and crew are being tracked by satellite and that another plane was able to fly over the area and see them.

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We are not sure at the moment if they will have to spend the night, but they are there in a shelter near the plane […] The weather is pretty bad and there are blowing snow. The winds are very strong up there, so it hampers access to the plane, but we are working on it at the moment.

A quote from Chris Reynolds, President, Air Tindi

Chris Reynolds said he did not see the crash site, and did not give more information about the crash itself. When the group is reached, they will be repatriated to Yellowknife where those with injuries will be treated.

CBC News has contacted the Department of National Defense and the Joint Rescue Coordination Center for more information.

With information from Tessa Vikander

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