THUNDER BAY – Breaking – An Ornge Air Ambulance helicopter has crashed killing all four onboard. The pilots and two paramedics on board were killed when the ambulance crashed on a flight at around midnight on Friday morning. There were no patients onboard the air ambulance when it crashed.
The Orgne Air Ambulance was travelling from Moosonee to Attawapiskat. The Sikorsky S76 chopper crashed shortly after leaving Moosonee. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to the site of an air accident in Moosonee, Ontario. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.
In a statement the company says, “It is with deep regret that Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, confirms there are no survivors of an accident early this morning involving one of its air ambulance helicopters.
“Four members of Ornge’s staff were on board the aircraft: two pilots and two paramedics. No patients were on board. We have notified the families”.
“Everybody at Ornge is deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives. We will do whatever we can to support them at this difficult time. We will also co-operate fully with the authorities charged investigating the accident,” states Dr. Andrew McCallum, President and CEO of Ornge, in a statement issued moments ago.
Premier Wynne issues Statement
Premier Kathleen Wynne issued the following statement: “I am devastated to learn of the deaths of two pilots and two paramedics following the crash of an Ornge air ambulance near Moosonee.
“The pilots and paramedics of Ornge provide lifesaving services in every region of this province, and my thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of these brave individuals.
“They lost their lives ensuring the people of this province receive the help they need. Their service and sacrifice will be honoured and remembered.”
Ornge Air Ambulance Service
It takes a special pilot and crew, as well as the paramedics to run air ambulance services.
The crews are highly trained, greatly respected, and often put themselves at potential risk to save others. There are air ambulance services across Canada. For northern regions, the air ambulance is a vital link for emergency healthcare services.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims in this air crash.
Air Ambulance Training
In Alberta, the Shock Trauma Air Rescue (STARS) Service is a key component for health. Training is, like in all air ambulance services is constant and critical.