One dead, two injured as Waterville area-based float plane crashes in northern Quebec

Posted Sept. 02, 2014, at 10:42 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 03, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A float plane based in the Waterville area crashed in Quebec on Tuesday afternoon, leaving one dead, a Canadian rescue official has confirmed.

The crash happened just north of Baie Comeau, Quebec, shortly after 1 p.m., Maj. Martell Thompson, spokesman for Joint Task Force Atlantic based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, said late Tuesday night.

Thompson said the names of the people involved were being withheld pending notification of family members.

The two survivors were able to extricate themselves from the wreckage and walked away from the crash, which occurred in a wooded area less than 18 miles north of Baie Comeau, he said.

They were picked up by a Hydro Quebec crew and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The body of the deceased was taken to the coroner for a medical examination, Thompson said. He said Canadian authorities are investigating the crash.

Thompson said that search efforts included the deployment of a Cormorant Squadron based in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, a Hercules transport airplane and two units from the Canadian Air Force’s 439 Combat Support Squadron.

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