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Transportation Safety Board sending investigators to Fort Smith, N.W.T., plane crash site

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has announced it is deploying a team of investigators to Fort Smith, N.W.T., to investigate an accident involving a BAE Jetstream aircraft registered to Northwestern Air Lease.

Canadian Rangers located the aircraft near Slave River, an RCAF spokesperson said

Emergency vehicles with flashing lights on a snowy street.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has announced it is deploying a team of investigators to Fort Smith, N.W.T. to investigate a plane crash involving a BAE Jetstream aircraft registered to Northwestern Air Lease.

The TSB says it is gathering information and assessing the incident.

The RCMP, the Canadian Rangers and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) all responded to a report of lost contact with an aircraft outside of Fort Smith Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has confirmed.

The air force dispatched a CC 138 Twin Otter from 440 Squadron in Yellowknife and a CC 130J Hercules out of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Trenton to assist with search and rescue, said David Lavallee, a public affairs officer with the RCAF in Winnipeg.

It also dispatched a CC 130H from 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Winnipeg, which had been in Calgary for training.

RCMP and Canadian Rangers conducted a ground search, Lavallee said.

The Rangers located the missing aircraft west of Fort Smith near Slave River.

Search and rescue techs equipped with survival and medical equipment then parachuted to the scene.

A spokesperson for the RCMP confirmed Tuesday afternoon that a plane had crashed near Fort Smith and that its officers were providing assistance to Transport Canada and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.

However, authorities have yet to release more details about the incident, such as the number of passengers on board and the condition of those on board.

In a post to the Town of Fort Smith's official Facebook page at around 9:40 a.m. MT, officials notified residents of "an aviation incident," that had occured that morning.

"This is a new situation, and the Town of Fort Smith is preparing to respond and provide support in any way," the notice read.

The town asked residents to stay away from the area "to allow emergency response experts the ability to respond accordingly."

Fire trucks, police cars and ambulances could all be seen at the airport with lights flashing, and people were not allowed to enter the airport.

More to come.

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