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Labrador Heli Crash

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One person has been killed in a helicopter crash near Postville, Labrador. RCMP Sgt. Wayne Newell says a body has been recovered from the crash scene and will be taken to St. John's for autopsy. Newell couldn't confirm if the victim was the pilot, or if there were passengers in the helicopter when it went down. Newell says the plane caught fire shortly after it went down around 10:30 am, about 400 metres from the government wharf in Postville. The helicopter is extensively burned, and appears to be intact. The aircraft was owned by Newfoundland Helicopters Limited in Clarenville and had been contracted to the Bayswater Uranium Corporation. A spokesperson for Bayswater says it had just returned from dropping off a crew. The top Inuit Community Government official in Postville says residents are in deep shock. Keith Decker says debris was spread out around the crash site. An RCMP boat and plane are on the scene, along with a military Cormorant helicopter. Sgt. Newell says Transportation Safety Board officials are also investigating.

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