Four Killed in Ontario Air Ambulance Crash

Four people aboard an Ornge air ambulance helicopter were killed in a crash in northern Ontario early Friday, reports the Calgary Sun.

Ornge said it lost contact with the crew of the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter shortly after it took off at midnight from the base in Moosonee while en route to Attawapiskat. It crashed just over a kilometre from the base.

Two pilots and two paramedics, based in Moosonee, were killed.

They have been identified as Capt. Don Filliter, of Skead, Ont., First Officer Jacques Dupuy, of Otterburn-Park, Que., and paramedics Dustin Dagenais, from Moose Factory, Ont., and Chris Snowball, from Burlington, Ont.

No patients were on board. A fixed-wing aircraft was sent to Attawapiskat to treat the patient.

No cause of the crash has been determined, Ornge chief operating officer Rob Giguere told a press conference. The weather was overcast at the time with good visibility.

“Everybody at Ornge is deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives. We will do whatever we can to support them at this difficult time,” Ornge president and CEO Dr. Andrew McCallum said in a statement.

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