A chartered Ambulance New Brunswick plane crashed in a wooded area near the airport on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada, shortly after 5 a.m. on August 16.
According to the Ambulance New Brunswick spokesperson, the accident happened when the Atlantic Charters plane was returning to Grand Manan after dropping a patient at Saint John Regional Hospital.
The Piper PA-31 aircraft had 4 people aboard; 2 of them, including a pilot and a paramedic died in the crash. Two others, including a second pilot and a registered nurse survived with severe injuries.
The deceased paramedic was later identified as William Mallock of Grand Manan, an employee of Ambulance New Brunswick.
The identity of the deceased pilot who worked for Atlantic Charters has yet to be disclosed.
Capt. Liam Mather from the Defense department confirmed that one survivor was taken to Grand Manan Hospital, while “the other one’s injuries were determined to be too extensive for treatment at Grand Manan so the Cormorant helicopter assisted with a Medivac to Saint John Regional Hospital.”
The interim president of Ambulance New Brunswick, Paul Ward, said in a statement, “We are devastated by this incident.”
The cause of accident is under investigation.