2 dead after float plane crashes in Hawk Junction, Ont.

A deHavilland Beaver DHC-2 float plane crash in Hawk Junction on Thursday. Brenda Grundt /

The Transportation Safety Board says two people are dead after a small plane crashed in central Ontario on Thursday.

The TSB, which has been called in to conduct an investigation, said the crash involved a deHavilland Beaver DHC-2 float plane.

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Ontario Provincial Police said they were called to the scene, in Hawk Junction, Ont., at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

TSB spokesman Alex Fournier says the plane left from an area near Hawk Lake in eastern Ontario and was headed for Oba Lake.

Police say two adults were pronounced dead, but their identities are not being released pending a post mortem.

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Hawk Air identified the passengers on Friday on its website and Facebook page.

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“It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of two of our Hawk Air Family,” Hawk Air wrote. “Pilot, Adam Hobbs and co-worker, Bob Gregorini died in a plane crash shortly after take off from Hawk Lake July 11.”

Hawk Junction is located about 250 km north of Sault Ste. Marie and about 100 km south of Oba Lake.

Fournier says the cause of the crash is still being investigated.

– With files from Kerri Breen and Daina Goldfinger

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