Northern Escape Heli Skiing president John Forrest confirmed at 8 p.m. that three people died in the crash

Author of the article: David Carrigg

Three people have died and four are in critical condition after a ski-helicopter crashed in the Skeena Mountains north of Terrace on Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred at 4 p.m. and within 15 minutes Northern Health issued a code orange at Mills Memorial Hospital, warning of a mass casualty event.

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Northern Health spokesperson Eryn Collins said four people were transported to the hospital in Terrace in critical condition by B.C. Emergency Health Services, which dispatched three air and five ground ambulances to the site.

Sub-Lieut. Wilson Ho, a spokesman with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria, said a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter was sent to assist.

Northern Escape Heli Skiing president John Forrest confirmed at 8 p.m. that three people died in the crash.

There was believed to be eight people on board — six guests, a pilot and a guide.

According to Northern Escape Heli Skiing’s website, the company was formed in 2004. It has five helicopter pilots and six guides on staff. It also operates snowcats and has three lodges.

“Northern Escape can confirm there have been three fatalities involved and will provide additional information when it is known,” Forrest said.

“It is impossible to put into words the profound grief that we feel and the sorrow that our guests and our staff share.”

Forrest said he was grateful to various emergency services “who jumped into action immediately after the accident took place today.”

On Jan. 6, a sole occupant helicopter crashed in Glacier National Park near Revelstoke, killing the pilot.

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