By Goat Staff

Two people are dead and four injured after a helicopter crash near Purden Ski Hill early Tuesday morning. The crash occurred at about 7:45 a.m. on September 26th.

Authorities said the aircraft was privately owned and was on a chartered flight when it went down shortly before 8 a.m. approx. 50 kilometres east of Prince George. The Transportation Safety Board says the chopper that went down was a Bell 206L helicopter. 

According to Prince George RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, there were six people on board at the time of the incident, however the status of the other four passengers is currently unavailable.

Cooper said the detachment’s victims services unit is currently working with the families of the deceased to provide ongoing support.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased in their time of mourning,” Cooper said.

As of 12 p.m. Tuesday, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) was on its way to the crash site, with RCMP remaining on scene until TSB investigators arrive. The BC Coroner’s Service will also be conducting its own parallel investigation.

The Goat has reached out to Northern Health to learn the status of the other four passengers, but did not receive a response by publication time.