Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Second NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Second NewsWatch-

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A relative of two people who were among several hurt in last night's plane crash in Saskatchewan said he is praying for their recovery and is thankful for the efforts of first responders who helped them.

Darryl McDonald, who lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, said his 70-year-old mother, Ernestine, suffered a broken jaw and facial injuries when the plane went down with 25 people aboard moments after taking off from the airstrip near Fond Du Lac in northern Saskatchewan.

Mounties say while there were no fatalities, a number of people suffered injuries -- and some were flown to hospital in Saskatoon, including McDonald's mother.

Federal investigators will arrive today to probe what brought the Saskatoon-based West Wind Aviation plane down. (2)



The Transportation Safety Board has been called in to investigate after an R-C-M-P aircraft landed in central Newfoundland with its nose-wheel locked in the retracted position.

The Pilatus PC-12 was on its way from Moncton, New Brunswick to St. John's, Newfoundland yesterday when the pilot realized there was a problem and chose to land in Gander.

There were no injuries and only minor damage to the aircraft from its nose skidding along the tarmac.(2)



A third family member has perished as a result of an apartment fire in north-end Toronto last week.

The blaze broke out at a low-rise Toronto Community Housing building during the evening of December 4th.

A mother and her two sons were taken to hospital in critical condition -- one son, 18-year-old son Shaher Hamid, died the next day, while his 47-year-old mother, Fakhira Whahedi, died on Friday.

Toronto fire officials now say 16-year-old Shaber Hamid has also died in hospital.

A relative says a funeral for all three will likely be held on Saturday. …

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