1 dead, 2 injured in forest fire-fighting plane crash in northern Sask.

1 dead, 2 injured in forest fire-fighting plane crash in northern Sask.

14 May 2006

published by www.canada.com


LA RONGE, Sask. — One man is dead and two others injured when a forest firefighting plane crashed just north of La Ronge, Sask.

Saskatchewan Department of Northern Affairs spokesman Scott Boyes says the Convair 580 crashed during a training exercise and went down into the bush about 1.5 kilometres northwest of the provincial forest firefighting centre.

Boyes says a 54-year-old man from La Ronge died from injuries sustained in the crash, and two others were injured and taken to a Saskatoon hospital.

Boyes says the government-owned aircraft carries fire retardant, not water.

Boyes says the weather was fair at the time of the crash.

Saskatchewan Environment Minister John Nilson is en route to La Ronge. 


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