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Two dead in Grand Manan plane crash

File photo via Ambulance New Brunswick.

File photo via Ambulance New Brunswick.

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11:27 AM - Two people were killed Saturday morning in a plane crash on New Brunswick's Grand Manan Island.

The plane was a charter flight carrying two pilots, an Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) paramedic and a registered nurse with the Grand Manan Hospital when it went down near the island's airport. One pilot and the paramedic were killed, while the other pilot and nurse survived.

The crew were returning to Grand Manan after a patient transfer from the island to the Saint John Regional Hospital. Their names have not been released.

Ambulance New Brunswick says the plane was not carrying any patients, and no one on the ground was injured. The cause of the crash is not yet known, and will be investigated.

"It's too early at this time to state what exactly happened," Paul Ward, Ambulance New Brunswick's interim president, said in a statement Saturday morning. "The investigation will make those determinations. Certainly, ANB will cooperate fully with investigators in an effort to determine the circumstances surrounding this morning's tragic event."

ANB says air ambulance services in New Brunswick will not be affected by the crash.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is sending investigators to the crash site, and a release on their website says the aircraft was a Piper PA31.

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