WAKAW, CANADA (BNO NEWS) -- Two small airplanes collided in mid-air over the Canadian province of Saskatchewan on Saturday morning, killing all five people, officials said. There were no survivors aboard either aircraft.
The first plane was found at approximately 8:50 a.m. local time on Saturday morning, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Staff Sgt. Rob Eyre. He said the aircraft was found submerged in a slough by first responders during a ground search, and further investigation led to the discovery of a second aircraft in the vicinity.
"Our members had some indications where one of planes might be. It was while they were searching for first plane they found the second," said RCMP Cpl. Rob King. "Wreckage of the planes were about a mile, mile and a half (1.6 - 2.4 kilometers) apart."
The first plane, a Piper PA-28 which was carrying two adult males and one young male, was traveling from Calgary in Alberta province to the town of St. Brieux in Saskatchewan province. The second plane was, a Lake Buccaneer amphibious plane carrying an adult male and female on board, was flying from Regina to La Ronge, both in Saskatchewan province.
The cause of Saturday's mid-air collision was not immediately known. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said it had deployed two investigators to the crash site to gather information and assess the cause of the accident.
On January 10, four people were killed when a twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft operated by Keystone Air Service Limited crashed into a frozen lake near the remote First Nations community of North Spirit Lake in the northwestern region of Canada's province of Ontario. One person, identified as Brian Shead, survived the accident.
And in August 2011, twelve people were killed when First Air Flight 6560, a Boeing 737-200, crashed about five miles (eight kilometers) east of Resolute Bay, a small Inuit hamlet on Cornwallis Island in Canada's Nunavut.
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