At approximately 8:08 pm Sunday evening, June 21st, Wood Buffalo Regional Emergency Services received a report of a midair collision involving two small airplanes in the skies east of Fort McMurray. Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to the airport as one of the planes landed safely and the pilot who was alone in that aircraft was uninjured.
An air search for the other aircraft was conducted by HERO 1 Medical Helicopter that was able to locate the second aircraft that had crashed in an isolated area east of Fort McMurray. Police are on the scene of the crash site and confirm two occupants of that aircraft are deceased.
The Transport Safety Board of Canada has been contacted to assist in this unfortunate incident.
The investigation into this crash is in the very early stages and further information will be released as it becomes available.
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