Seaplane crash on Quebec’s north shore kills six

Seaplane crash on Quebec’s north shore kills six

De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver. Photo credit: Jean Gagnon.

Les Bergeronnes (Quebec) 25 August 2015 – A seaplane accident has taken the lives of six people leaving no survivors. The plane, apparently in good working order, crashed in a densely wooded area about six km north of a town called Les Bergeronnes situated about 3 hours north-east of Quebec City.

The plane belongs to a company called Air Saguenay and the pilot, Roman Desrosiers had plenty of experience flying the “Beaver” type aircraft. Because of the crash site being difficult to reach due to its location in a forest, helicopters from the search and rescue teams from Bagotville Air Force base and Greenwood in Nova Scotia were called in to help with the search.

Once the debris was found an area was cleared by men dropped on the site by ropes and parachutes allowing the helicopters to land close by.

Now that the Canada Transport Safety Board (TSB) has been able to evaluate the situation from the ground it has been determined the aircraft hit the ground from a direct vertical position, the plane however had met all its safety requirements and had been recently serviced. The weather was clear and there was no mayday call placed before the accident. An investigation of the cause has been initiated.

The plane was on a sightseeing flight for five tourists, one from France and four others from Britain.

Air Saguenay wasn’t commenting on the cause of the accident but the company has an excellent track record and flies throughout the region for tourists and hunters alike.

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