2 dead after a small plane crash in Whitehorse

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A Transportation Safety Board official confirmed that two people have died following a plane crash in Whitehorse in the evening.

TSB spokesman John Lee said the Cessna 170B was taking off from Whitehorse bound for Anchorage, Alaska.

TSB’s second spokesman, Chris Krebsky, said the plane was privately owned and that both passengers died in the accident. He said the plane hit the ground 600 meters from the runway and burst into flames.

Krebsky said the incident was reported at 5:30 pm. Local time.

TSB officials do not identify the persons involved in the aircraft crashes.

He said that small planes are not obligated to have a black box, and there are “very few” that have flight recorders.

Krebsky said that the TSB is at this stage gathering information from the location, potential witnesses, weather, aircraft maintenance, and “any aircraft data that could be useful”.

He told me TSB is forming an investigative team from Edmonton to send him to Whitehorse.

“Once we get to the accident site, we will take our pictures and start examining the wreckage and collecting information from the scene,” Lee said.

“The next few days will be mostly information gathering.”

Jessica Haratch, a worker at the nearby Robert Service camp, said she was accustomed to the sounds of planes taking off and landing at the airport. She said she heard the engine shut off suddenly, but didn’t think twice about it until she heard the siren go by.

“You just don’t think this will happen,” she said.

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