Twin Otter Crashes On Yellowknife Street

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Authorities in Canada's Northwest Territories are saying it's a miracle more people were not killed and injured when an Arctic Sunwest Airlines Twin Otter floatplane crashed on a busy downtown street in the Territories' capital city of Yellowknife just after the noon hour on Thursday. The two pilots aboard the big turboprop twin died in the crash and all seven passengers were hurt, some seriously. An unknown number of bystanders were hit by debris but none was believed to be seriously hurt. The aircraft was making its second attempt to land at a seaplane base on Great Slave lake when the crash occurred about 1:15 p.m. local time.

Witnesses told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the aircraft came down between two buildings, clipping one of them and spinning 360 degrees before ending up in a parking lot, destroying at least one car. People rushed from adjacent homes and businesses to help the injured.