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Air ambulance crash kills 2

Two people are dead, including a paramedic, after a plane chartered by Ambulance New Brunswick crashed on Grand Manan island early Saturday morning.

Ambulance New Brunswick says in a news release the Atlantic Charters aircraft crashed in a wooded area near the Grand Manan Airport around 5 a.m. Saturday.

The plane was returning to the island following a patient transfer from the Grand Manan Hospital to the Saint John Regional Hospital.

The release says two pilots, an Ambulance New Brunswick paramedic and registered nurse from the Grand Manan Hospital, were on board the plane.

No patient was on board at the time.

Ambulance New Brunswick says the paramedic and one of the pilots was killed, while the second pilot and nurse survived.

Paul Ward, the interim president at Ambulance New Brunswick, say it's too early to say what caused the crash.

"We are devastated by this incident," he said in a news release.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of our Ambulance New Brunswick paramedic and the pilot from Atlantic Charters who lost their lives."

The air ambulance service says it isn't releasing the names of the people killed pending notification of next of kin.

Ambulance New Brunswick is the organization licenced by the New Brunswick Health Department to provide land and air ambulance services in the province.

In a statement on their website, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is sending a team of investigators to Grand Manan to gather information and assess the crash.

The release on the site says the plane involved was a Piper PA-31.

The Canadian Press

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