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Helicopter crash near Terrace kills three, injures four

Three people are dead and four others seriously injured following a helicopter crash near Terrace Monday.

Terrace RCMP were notified of a helicopter crash approximately 50 kilometres north west of Terrace. Three helicopters, belonging to Northern Escape Heli Skiing, were running a heli-skiing operation in the mountainous back country with numerous people on board each helicopter.

Communication was lost with one of the helicopters and a crash site was located in a snow field. There were seven people on board this helicopter and three people did not survive the crash.

The other two helicopters shuttled the remaining four passengers from the site where they were met by BC Ambulance Service, Terrace Fire Rescue and taken to hospital. The injuries sustained have been described as serious.

BC Coroners Service, Transport Safety Board (TSB) and Work Safe BC are engaged and, along with the Terrace RCMP are investigating the crash.

“The guests who ski with us and the staff who work with us each season are part of our family,” said John Forrest, president and general manager of Northern Escape Heli Skiing. “It is impossible to put into words the profound grief and the sorrow that our guests and our staff share.”

The crash is located in a very remote location which is only accessible by helicopter. Police and BC Coroners will be flown to the scene on Tuesday, January 24, 2024 during daylight hours to continue the investigation.

At this time, names and hometowns of the deceased will not be released as RCMP work to notify next of kin. No further details are available at this time. More information may be released as it becomes available.

Northern Escape Heli Skiing has contaced HeliCat Canada’s critical incident stress management team, which will be deployed those involved in the incident, including offering debriefing and defusing services, follow up peer support and other services.

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