2 from Ontario on board private plane that crashed in northern Saskatchewan
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 05:45 pm
WOLLASTON LAKE, Sask. - Two men from Ontario have survived a plane crash in northern Saskatchewan.
Mounties say a 53-year-old male pilot and a 29-year-old male co-pilot, both from Thorndale, Ont., were on a private Seabee plane en route to Yellowknife when it crashed Friday into water near Points North Landing, a permanent camp near Wollaston Lake.
Wollaston Lake is about 700 kilometres north of Saskatoon and the area is only accessible by air.
Capt. Jean Houde at the Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Trenton, Ont., said one of the men suffered a back injury and was being taken from the scene by a Griffon helicopter from Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake.
He says the man was then to be transferred to a Hercules at the airport at Points North landing, which will take him to a hospital in Saskatoon.
Houde said the other man was OK.
"The pilot declared a mayday in the air and it was overheard by another pilot in the area who saw it hit the water — it was a float plane," Houde said.