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CBC news Dec 4/08

 

Police divers were searching Thursday for two men missing after a helicopter crashed into a lake in Western Quebec Wednesday night.

 

Quebec provincial police said the helicopter, carrying four people, crashed into Lac Simon, about 75 kilometres northeast of Ottawa just after 6 p.m. At the time, it was very snowy and windy.

 

Two of the passengers, a 33-year-old man from Blainville and a 48-year-old man from Laval, managed to swim to shore and were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia. However, the 50-year-old pilot and another man were still missing.

 

On Thursday morning, relatives of the missing men stood on the shore in the cold rain, weeping as divers took to the water.

 

A Griffon helicopter from CFB Trenton in eastern Ontario is also taking part in the search.

 

Relatives said the aircraft that crashed was owned by the pilot, who ran Construction Louis-Seize in Blainville. One of the men who survived was the pilot's brother while the other was a company employee. The other missing man was the father-in-law of the employee.

 

Lac Simon is the site of plane crash 50 years ago that killed four hunters. The aircraft and the bodies of the hunters were recovered from the bottom of the lake in May. The area is popular with cottagers.

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CBC news Dec 4/08

 

Police divers were searching Thursday for two men missing after a helicopter crashed into a lake in Western Quebec Wednesday night.

 

Quebec provincial police said the helicopter, carrying four people, crashed into Lac Simon, about 75 kilometres northeast of Ottawa just after 6 p.m. At the time, it was very snowy and windy.

 

Two of the passengers, a 33-year-old man from Blainville and a 48-year-old man from Laval, managed to swim to shore and were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia. However, the 50-year-old pilot and another man were still missing.

 

On Thursday morning, relatives of the missing men stood on the shore in the cold rain, weeping as divers took to the water.

 

A Griffon helicopter from CFB Trenton in eastern Ontario is also taking part in the search.

 

Relatives said the aircraft that crashed was owned by the pilot, who ran Construction Louis-Seize in Blainville. One of the men who survived was the pilot's brother while the other was a company employee. The other missing man was the father-in-law of the employee.

 

Lac Simon is the site of plane crash 50 years ago that killed four hunters. The aircraft and the bodies of the hunters were recovered from the bottom of the lake in May. The area is popular with cottagers.

 

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The dancing man under your name doesn't fit with the sad news that you post.

 

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CADORS Number: 2008Q3195 Reporting Region: Quebec

 

Occurrence InformationOccurrence Type: Accident Occurrence Date: 2008/12/03

Occurrence Time: 2350 Z Day Or Night: night-time

Fatalities: 2 Injuries: 2

 

Canadian Aerodrome ID: Aerodrome Name:

Occurrence Location: Lac Simon Province: Quebec

Country: CANADA World Area: North America

 

Reported By: NAV CANADA, CACO AOR Number: 102298-V1

TSB Class Of Investigation: TSB Occurrence No.:

Event InformationCollision with terrain

Aircraft InformationFlight #:

Aircraft Category: Helicopter Country of Registration: CANADA

Make: ROBINSON Model: R44

Year Built: 2007 Amateur Built: No

Engine Make: AVCO LYCOMING Engine Model: O-540-F1B5

Engine Type: Reciprocating Gear Type: Land

Phase of Flight: Unknown Damage: Substantial

Owner: COUVRE-PLANCHERS LOUIS-SEIZE INC. Operator:

Operator Type: Private

 

Detail InformationUser Name: Porlier, Nathalie

Date: 2008/12/04

Further Action Required: Yes

O.P.I.: General Aviation

Narrative: Un hélicoptère Robinson R-44 de propriété privée s'est écrasé dans le lac Simon, dans la région de l'Outaouais. Deux des quatre occupants sont portés disparus. Les deux autres ont été transportés à l'hôpital.

 

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