Plane crash in remote area of Labrador

RCMP Newfoundland and Labrador is leading the operation in relation to a plane crash that occurred on Monday, July 15 Approximately 100 kilometers southwest of Nain.

Corporal Jolene Garland is with the RCMP Media Relations Officer.

He says the initial response was led by the Maritime Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC), whose role ended yesterday evening.

Seven males were on board the plane the pilot from Quebec, two fishing guides from this province and four passengers from the United States.

Three bodies were recovered, search efforts will continue this week for the remaining four occupants of the plane.

The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team is on the ground in Labrador and work is in progress to get them and their equipment to the remote site of the crash.

Also supporting the efforts are RCMP Air Services, with spotters from Nain Ground Search and Rescue, and RCMP General Investigation Section.

The Canadian Armed Forces Happy Valley-Goose Bay is on standby to assist as needed.

The plane was reported overdue late Monday night, after it failed to return by 7:00 p.m. as expected.

It is unknown at this time if the plane crashed en route to the fishing camp or during its return; the cause of the crash is not known and will be investigated by the Canadian Transport Safety Board.

Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.