Alert, NT Hercules Plane Crash, Oct 1991


Alert, Northwest Territories (AP) - Twelve survivors of a military plane crash in the Canadian Arctic have been found after a search and rescue team parachuted through blowing snow to reach them.
Six other people from the C-130 Hercules were unaccounted for, Capt. Robin Barr of Canadian Forces Base Edmonton said this morning.
"They're getting medical attention to the people they find and they're searching the area looking for whoever else they can find," Barr said in a telephone interview.
The condition of the survivors was not known.
The plane was on a routine supply run from Thule, Greenland, to a Canadian military station at Alert, the world's most northerly settlement, when it crashed about 12 miles short of the runway Wednesday afternoon.
The cause of the crash was not determined.
Radio contact earlier showed there were survivors among the 18 people on board, but rescuers in the air and on the ground had been kept away by winds and blowing snow that reduced visibility to near zero.
The weather cleared enough late Thursday night to send six parachutists into the snow-covered, rocky site, said Capt. Rod Gray of CFB Edmonton, where the Hercules is based.
Aboard the plane were five crew members from Edmonton, 10 military passengers and two civilians from Ontario bases in Ottawa, Leitrim, Kingston and Trenton, and one military member from Gander, Newfoundland.

Edmonton Paper Alberta Canada 1991-10-30

Listing of the Casualties.
Pilot Capt. JOHN COUCH, St. Albert.
Master Cpl. ROLAND PITRE, Edmonton.
Warrant Officer ROBERT GRIMSLEY, Ottawa.
Master Warrant Officer J. T. Jardine, Trenton, Ont.