Three people dead in heli ski crash north of Terrace, B.C.

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Investigation into deadly Terrace heli-skiing crash begins
We're learning more tonight about a devasting helicopter crash in northern B.C. that left three dead and another four injured. Italian media are reporting the majority of those on board were international travellers, and as Cassidy Mosconi reports, it was one of those passengers who called for help. – Jan 23, 2024

Three people died in a heli ski helicopter crash in Northern British Columbia on Monday afternoon.

In a statement, Northern Escape Heli Skiing said three people were killed when one of its aircraft crashed in the mountains north of Terrace, sometime around 4 p.m.

The company did not provide any additional details about the people who died.

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Heli ski operators provides update on B.C. crash that killed 3

“The guests who ski with us and the staff who work with us each season are part of our family,” John Forrest, president and general manager of Northern Escape Heli-Skiing said in a statement.

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“It is impossible to put into words the profound grief that we feel and the sorrow that our guests and our staff share. We hope you will respect the privacy of those impacted at this extremely difficult time.”

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BC Emergency Health Services said it deployed multiple primary care, advanced care and critical care paramedics, including three air ambulances and five ground ambulances.

Four patients were transported to Mills Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

The helicopter was an Agusta A119 Koala, which can carry up to eight people.

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Three people dead in heli ski crash in northern B.C.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria said it had been notified of the crash, and that a CH-149 Cormorant from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Comox was on standby to assist if needed.

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Northern Escape Heli-Skiing also confirmed it has contacted HeliCat Canada’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team, which will be deployed to support those involved in this incident.

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