Three individuals have lost their lives and four individuals have sustained serious injuries following a helicopter accident in Canada on Monday.
According to a press release from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, there were a total of seven individuals participating in heli-skiing in British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. The group was split among three helicopters, each containing passengers.
Before crashing, the helicopter experienced a loss of communication and ultimately landed in a snow-covered area. According to the police, the site of the crash was extremely isolated and could only be reached by helicopter.
The Facebook post stated that their focus is on helping and supporting those affected by the accident. The company mentioned their efforts to ensure the safety of heli-skiing by following industry standards, but acknowledged that it is not possible to completely eliminate all risks.
In a statement, John Forrest, the president and general manager of the company, expressed that both the guests who ski with them and the staff who work with them are considered part of their family. He also stated that it is difficult to articulate the immense sadness and grief they are experiencing, and that their guests and staff are also feeling. At this challenging time, they ask for privacy for those affected.
The accident occurred approximately 30 miles from Terrace, a city in the province of British Columbia. This region is renowned for its outdoor pursuits, such as skiing.
The investigation into the crash is currently ongoing, with the involvement of authorities such as the Transport Safety Board.
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