Plane crash a reminder ‘getting to work is dangerous’ for many miners

Canadian Occupational Safety

Shane Mercer, Canadian Occupational Safety

The investigation into the tragic plane crash near Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, that claimed six lives, including four mine employees and two pilots, continues to develop. One survivor is recovering in hospital.

The crash occurred just after takeoff on a routine flight to the Diavik Diamond Mine, and while the cause remains undetermined at this time, progress is being made in the investigation, and a mining watchdog is raising safety concerns about the nature of remote mining operations.

“Getting to work is dangerous,” says Jamie Kneen, executive director of Mining Watch Canada. “And I think that's true, whether you're driving long distances to get to work or flying in."


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