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A Hercules aircraft from 17 Wing Winnipeg was called in while on a training mission Tuesday to take part in a search and rescue after a small plane crashed in northern Ontario.
The CC-130 Hercules, part of the 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron from 17 Wing, was preparing for a simulated search and rescue when it was tasked by the Joint Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ont., to locate a downed aircraft near Lansdowne House, Ont., a news release from the Canadian Forces said.
The Hercules flew to the crash site, a few kilometres south of Lansdowne House, and crews spotted people walking near the scene.
Search and Rescue (SAR) Technicians in the Hercules dropped a message bundle, which contained a radio, to the downed flight crew and determined there were no major injuries, the Forces release said. The Hercules remained in the area until an Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources helicopter picked up the people and flew them to the airport at Lansdowne House.
"Those guys were well-prepared," said Capt. Kevin Coulombe, commander of the Hercules that located the crash site. "They had a fire going, they had food and water, they had a tent set up, and they were ready.
"They had a 406 beacon, which transmits a GPS location to a satellite. It gives a tail number and even information about who is flying the aircraft," said Coulombe.
Also known as Neskantaga First Nation, an Oji-Cree First Nation, Lansdowne House is 560 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.