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2 dead after small plane crashes near Whitehorse International Airport

A welcome sign outside the Whitehorse International Airport in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. .
A welcome sign outside the Whitehorse International Airport in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. . (Don Denton/TCPI/The Canadian Press)

Two people are dead after a small plane crashed near the Whitehorse International airport in the Yukon Monday evening, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) confirmed.

According to TSB spokesperson Chris Krepski, the plane — a privately owned Cessna 170 — was taking off from Whitehorse and heading to Anchorage, Alaska.

The plane collided with terrain, Krepski confirmed, causing a fire on board.

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According to Krepski, the two occupants of the plane were killed in the crash.

A tweet from Yukon RCMP posted shortly after 10 p.m. EST said emergency crews were on scene and assisting at the site of the crash.

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A post on Facebook from the government of Yukon asked motorists and observers to avoid the Robert Service Way while emergency crews worked.

A team of investigators with the TSB that is based in Edmonton will head to Whitehorse on Tuesday.

-With a file from The Canadian Press.