OPP Believe All Occupants Dead After Small Plane Crash in Hawk Junction

Ontario Provincial Police believe that a small plane crash in Hawk Junction is fatal.

Superior East OPP have confirmed to JJAM FM News that they "believe all occupants of the plane are deceased", but won't confirm how many people were in the plane or whether a post-mortem examination is expected.

The OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit has been assisting with the investigation.

Emergency services responded to the crash around 9 o'clock this morning, and the Transportation Safety Board has confirmed a commercial de Havilland DHC-2 - or "Beaver" - float plane suffered significant damage, though there was no fire.

It adds the plane had reportedly just taken off from the lake, but could not verify that.

The TSB has deployed investigators from Toronto, though they aren't expected to arrive until late this evening, with field work expected to start tomorrow morning.

The crash has been connected to a power outage that affected the area.

Algoma Power representative Peggy Lund has confirmed to JJAM FM News that the outage affected 576 customers in Hawk Junction, Dubreuilville, Localsh, Missinabie, Goudreau, and some areas along Highway 101 - like Whitefish Lake - though power was restored to Hawk Junction and some nearby areas around 10 o'clock, and fully restored through the region around 12:30.

Lund could not confirm exactly why power was out nor the extent of the damage, saying only that it's still being investigated.

OPP note Montgomery Avenue is currently closed to all but local traffic, with the public asked to avoid the area as the investigation continues.