FORT MCMURRAY — Two people were killed and another person was recovering in hospital after a helicopter crashed in northern Alberta.
Michael Morin, president of Aurora Helicopters Ltd., said one of the company’s aircraft went down around 11 a.m. Wednesday about 128 kilometres north Fort McMurray.
“We have had confirmation that there have been two fatalities as a result of this accident, and one casualty with unknown injuries who we believe is currently recovering in hospital,” Morin said from Fort McMurray.
“We are deeply saddened by this event and feel the loss greatly.”
RCMP say the male pilot and a female passenger died of their injuries sustained in the crash. A male passenger was listed in stable condition.
No details of the accident or the names of the people involved were released.
Transportation Safety Board investigators were en route to the remote and heavily wooded area.
RCMP officers and two military aircraft responded to the crash.
Aurora Helicopters, the parent company of Wood Buffalo Helicopters, says it has operated in the area for more than 25 years.
The company’s website says it offers services including helicopter tours, support for the energy industry, pipeline and environmental monitoring and wildfire fighting services.
It operates a fleet of helicopters including Bell 206 Jet Rangers, as well as EC120B Calibri and AS350-B2 AStar Eurocopters.