(Tadoussac) According to the Bureau of Canada Transportation Safety Board (TSB), the aircraft of Air Saguenay in which six people were killed Sunday north of Bergeronnes, on the North Shore, crashed vertically, near the top of a mountain.
Police and TSB investigators preparing to return to the scene of the crash on Monday afternoon. The SQ command post is located approximately 25 kilometers of the site, an inaccessible area by vehicle.
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“There is no hypothesis, but one can say that the impact [of the device] occurred vertically. He hit on the nose, “said the investigator in charge of the dossier, Pierre Gavillet, on leaving the helicopter that brought him back from the crash site. “There are many reasons why an airplane can end vertically. We do not want to speculate on the causes of the accident at the moment and it remains to understand why. ”
According to Mr. Gavillet, the crash occurred in a fairly steep rock cap, making them particularly difficult research. However, the debris is concentrated in a relatively small radius. TSB investigators will return to the crash site Tuesday morning to complete their analysis of the scene.
Also according to the TSB, the Beaver crashed was in good condition, according to flight logs, and had made flights without a hitch in the previous days.
Although the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) refused to confirm the report, two of the victims are identified. This is the seaplane driver Romain Desrosiers, an experienced employee at Air Saguenay and a French tourist, Emilia Delaître. The other four victims were of British origin, but again, no confirmation from the side of the SQ.
Weather conditions have significantly affected the research efforts Monday. Due to a low ceiling and a persistent rain, officers from the SQ and TSB investigators were unable to reach the scene of the accident before 14h, even if the helicopter had taken off two hours before.
According to this it was possible to learn, the aircraft dating from 1956 have departed Long Lake, near Tadoussac, around 11:15 am, to make an industry observation tower. Weather conditions were excellent then. The tourists had purchased their tickets with Fjord Aviation, a subsidiary AML Cruises selling tours on the wings of Air Saguenay.
According to the spokesman of AML Cruises Sarah Leblond, Aviation du Fjord done business for three years with Air Saguenay and the relationship took place looking good the whole time. No major incidents were reported prior to Sunday’s accident.
After regaining Sunday carcass and making sure that there were no survivors, the Canadian Forces have handed over to the SQ Monday. This is the police force that will be responsible to take out the bodies of the victims before returning them to the Office of the Chief Coroner of Quebec. This painful task should not take place before Tuesday, if conditions permit.
The scene of the crash in a densely wooded area and steep, is not accessible by road or by mountain bike trails. That is why the coordinating center is the position of the SQ Tadoussac, about thirty kilometers from the crash site.
Beautiful flying weather
The company Air Saguenay is hard to explain what could happen Sunday that one of its aircraft crashed in a heavily wooded and mountainous area north of Les Bergeronnes, on the North Coast, killing six people.
The Sûreté du Québec has confirmed the deaths of six people in the late afternoon Monday.
According to Vice President of Air Saguenay, Jean Tremblay, the flight conditions were “very, very nice.”
“The visibility was unlimited, with light winds,” Mr. Tremblay pointed out in an interview with The Canadian Press on Monday.
“At first glance, the weather conditions are not at all concerned, it is clear,” he said, still in shock of the new.
“It’s not going so well, he confessed, visibly shaken. This is not a good day for us. It is very difficult for the Air Saguenay team. ”
Mr. Tremblay added that the aircraft was piloted by a veteran with nearly 6,000 flight hours and was employed by the family business for 14 years. The aircraft, a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, had 25,000 flight hours, which is not unusual for these aircraft built in the 1950s and 1960s.
“It’s a very reliable system, constantly upgraded by the manufacturer which is subject to annual maintenance and periodic maintenance. This one was not due for inspection, “said Mr. Tremblay.
The aircraft was carrying six people, the pilot and five passengers, whose identities have not been disclosed by the Sûreté du Québec.
It was a tourist flight over 20 minutes, nothing more than banal “plane ride” outbound Long Lake, located about halfway between Les Bergeronnes and Tadoussac.
According to information obtained by The Canadian Press, no distress calls were accommodated by the device before the crash.
The first emergency call was received by the Sûreté du Québec for missing the call device. The assistance of the Canadian Forces and its paratroopers allowed to fly over the area and locate the aircraft.
The carcass is not accessible by road. It is located in a wooded area and very steep six kilometers from Les Bergeronnes.
Loggers had to create a space near the accident aircraft to allow the helicopter to the SQ and other aircraft to land safely. The work is done in wet weather.
The identity of the victims has not yet been revealed. The SQ said their identification and the death investigation is the responsibility of the coroner’s office. The remains will be transported to the Laboratory of Forensic Science and forensics, in Montreal, for purposes of expertise.
The SQ says continue its work for the investigation of the accident scene.
The Office of the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has also sent a team of investigators to the scene of the crash.
Air Saguenay had implemented a new security system following a crash occurred in July 2010 in Chutes-des-Passes, Lac-Saint-Jean. Six people were on board an Air Saguenay plane for a fishing trip; four of them died in the accident.