Plane carrying 25 people crashes near northern Saskatchewan airport

Plane carrying 25 people crashes near northern Saskatchewan airport

"The rescue effort is the priority right now", RCMP spokesperson Paul Dederich was quoted by CBC News as telling mediapersons.

Laurent is a band councillor with the Fond-du-Lac Denesuline Nation and was travelling with his wife, Helen Laurent, and daughter when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the airport in the remote fly-in community of about 900.

Diane McDonald's mother, Ernestine McDonald, and sister Brenda McDonald were also passengers.

"His whole face is hurt because of the impact", he said of his mother.

"I just hope and pray that everyone is OK".

We heard noises from people screaming.

Her husband said that because there was no fire, there was initially some confusion as to where the plane had crashed. "They were all stuck between chairs and seats ...", he said about the passengers.

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Sanger said when he got home he was shaking, shocked by what happened. All those who were [at the scene of the accident], "he testified".

Transportation Safety Board investigators are expected in Fond du Lac on Thursday.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I want to say that our thoughts and hearts are with those affected by this accident and to thank the first responders in the region", said Canada's Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

The West Wind Aviation flight was bound for Stony Rapids when it crashed less than a kilometre from the airstrip in Fond Du Lac around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

West Wind Aviation said care is being provided to the 22 passengers and three crew of flight WEW282.

Officers from Stony Rapids are helping at the scene alongside local emergency responders.

Emergency services raced to the crash site along with search-and-rescue teams in a desperate bid to locate survivors.

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