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Crew survives Far North cargo plane crash

Transportation Safety Board investigating Eabametoong incident
North Star Air crash
(Vincent Waboose Facebook photo)

The flight crew of a downed North Star Air aircraft are in good condition following a crash into a lake near the Far North community of Eabametoong (Fort Hope) First Nation.

In a news release, North Star Air said the two crew members sustained no injuries after the Thunder Bay air carrier’s Basler BT-67 cargo aircraft went down at 12:41 a.m. on June 21.

The company said no passengers or cargo were aboard.

“North Star Air activated their Emergency Response Plan,” said the company in a release.

“The Transportation Safety Board and Transport Canada have been notified and will be leading the investigation in determining the cause. North Star Air will be cooperating fully with their investigation.

“We are blessed that the flight crew was not injured in the event. We also want to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the community of Eabametoong and the local NAPS detachment.”

The fly-in community of Eabametoong is 300 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.