Five dead after planes collide 0
ST. BRIEUX, Sask. - Transporation Safety Board officials will be on the ground northeast of Saskatoon Sunday after five people were killed in a mid-air collision between two private airplanes Saturday morning.
One of the planes, a Piper PA-28, was travelling from Calgary to St. Brieux with three occupants aboard - two adult men and one young male.
A man and a woman were aboard the second aircraft, a four-seater amphibious Lake LA-4 en route from Regina to La Ronge, Sask.
The LA-4's registry entry contains an address in Regina.
RCMP and paramedics from Melfort, Sask., and first responders from St. Brieux, found debris scattered for miles east and west along a wooded area adjacent to a farmer's field.
The remains of a white and red plane were located by a farmer in a swampy area surrounded by trees and a thick, wooded area. The body of one individual, believed to be from the Regina area, was found inside.
A white and gold aircraft was discovered in a wooded swamp about five kilometres east of where the other plane was found.
People in this small town said a farmer witnessed the crash and numerous citizens, many on ATVS, rushed to find the downed aircrafts.
The crash happened near a small landing strip.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Rob Eyre said the crash was reported at 8:50 a.m
Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada were deployed to the scene from Winnipeg and are set to arrive Sunday.
"We have very little information," spokesman Chris Krepski said Saturday afternoon from Gatineau, Que.
"We received a report of a mid-air collision involving two small aircrafts. We are deploying investigators."
Krepski said investigators will examine the scene and the wreckage at the sites and pieces requiring further examination will be sent to an engineering lab in Ottawa.
Part of the investigation will be to look at radar data and any pilot communications.
The types of planes involved do not have black boxes nor is it a requirement, he said.