Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – On the evening of July 18, RCMP responded to two requests for assistance in relation to aviation incidents in the Lutsel’ke area.
The first request for assistance came in at approximately 7 pm from the Department of National Defence -Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) at 8 Wing Trenton, Ont., regarding a float plane that had initiated it’s emergency beacon approximately 35 km’s south of Lutsel’ke. RCMP chartered a helicopter out of Yellowknife, and dispatched to the GPS coordinates with two RCMP members on board.
RCMP members located the aircraft upside down in water and the lone pilot who appeared to have minor injuries. The pilot was flown back to Yellowknife.
While RCMP were responding to the first incident, a second call for service came into RCMP at approximately 9:30 p.m. regarding a float plane that was overdue from a trip in the Lutsel’ke area. RCMP liaised with JRCC Trenton and a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CC-130H Hercules was deployed from 17 Wing Winnipeg to the area where the plane was believed to be. The Hercules located the downed aircraft on water at approximately 5:10 a.m., July 19. The Hercules deployed two Search and Rescue Technicians, who located the pilot and passenger who appeared to be in good condition and were picked up and transported back to Yellowknife.
Yellowknife RCMP, Lutsel’ke RCMP, Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and Civil Aviation Search and Rescue worked in coordination to effect the location of the aircraft and rescue of the persons.
Transport Canada has been advised of the incidents.
Northwest Territories RCMP