Seven people were aboard the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane operated by Air Saguenay, a small charter airline based in Quebec. The plane crashed in Labrador, part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the eastern coast of Canada.

The seven people aboard were the pilot, two guides and four passengers on a fishing expedition. The plane had been expected to land at 7 p.m. on Monday at Crossroads Lake, where the Three Rivers fishing lodge is located.

When it had not arrived by 8 p.m., the airline began emergency procedures, including sending a second plane on a search mission. After an unsuccessful hour, the company notified the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC), the arm of the Canadian military responsible for search and rescue, which sent out a C-130 Hercules plane at around midnight.

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The JRCC dispatched two helicopters to “assist in looking for survivors,” Mark Gough, spokesman for the JRCC, said in an email. The helicopters arrived in the remote area around midday on Tuesday, and brought local members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to search. Air Saguenay also sent a second plane to help.