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Northern Alberta crash kills one

Oct. 26, 2010, Conklin, Alta. - One person died and nine others were injured when a plane crashed Monday morning southeast of the northern Alberta town of Conklin.


October 26, 2010
By CBC News

The twin-engine, turbo-prop Beechcraft King Air 100 aircraft, operated by Kenn Borek Air, was carrying 10 people.

One of the people injured in Monday's crash is moved into an ambulance at Edmonton's City Centre Airport.One of the people injured in Monday's crash is moved into an ambulance at Edmonton's City Centre Airport. (CBC)The plane left Edmonton on Monday and was en route to the Kirby Lake airstrip when it crashed into the muskeg as the pilot was attempting to land around 11:20 a.m. MT.

All the survivors were injured and transported from the scene in stable condition. Two people were flown by air ambulance to Edmonton.

Two others were taken to Fort McMurray. The remaining individuals were treated at the scene and taken to Lac la Biche, about 165 kilometres away.

A spokeswoman for BP Canada, Melanie Ostopowich, confirmed that seven BP employees were on the plane, along with a contractor and two pilots. The name of the person who died has not been released.
TSB investigators to arrive Tuesday

Two ambulance units based at a nearby Cenovus Energy facility were dispatched after a 911 call about the crash was received at 11:37 a.m.

Ground and air ambulances from Fort McMurray were sent to the scene, as well as search and rescue units based in Conklin.

An ambulance leaves the scene of plane crash near the Kirby Lake airstrip in northern Alberta. An ambulance leaves the scene of plane crash near the Kirby Lake airstrip in northern Alberta. (Michael Dick/CBC News)No one from Kenn Borek Air was available to comment but the company issued a written statement Monday afternoon.

"We are working with the RCMP, Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board to assist in the well-being of our passengers and employees," the statement said. "We will make a more formal statement in the coming hours."

RCMP are at the scene, but only to keep the site secure, Sgt. Tim Taniguchi said.

"The investigation will have to be done by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada," he said. Investigators are expected to arrive on the scene Tuesday morning.

Conklin is about 250 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.