Four killed in Canadian helicopter crash

Wed Aug 6, 2008 6:29pm EDT
 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Four people were killed when their helicopter crashed in British Columbia on Wednesday in the second multiple-fatality air accident on Canada's Pacific coast this week.

The helicopter, believed to be carrying miners on a charter flight, went down in the Kitsault River near Alice Arm, British Columbia, about 150 km (95 miles) northeast of Prince Rupert, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

The isolated area, near the border with the Alaska panhandle, is accessible only by air or water so rescue crews had to parachute into the crash site.

Five people were killed on Sunday when their chartered airplane crashed in a rugged area of northern Vancouver Island. Two people survived the crash, and one sent text messages from his cell phone to guide rescuers to the site.

(Reporting Allan Dowd, editing by Rob Wilson)