On November 9, 2022, at approximately 3:50 pm, Yukon RCMP officers, along with Whitehorse Fire and Protective Services and Yukon EMS, responded to a plane crash in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse.
Whitehorse RCMP and Yukon RCMP Traffic Services attended the scene, near the intersection of Casca Blvd and Leota St, after receiving calls from numerous members of the public. It was established that a small, two-seater plane had done an emergency landing near Casca Boulevard, with part of the wing blocking the road and sidewalk. The pilot and passenger had safely exited the plane without injury, and there were no reports of injuries to other people, or damage to vehicles, nearby buildings, or infrastructure.
Responding officers from Whitehorse RCMP and Whitehorse Fire and Protective Services closed the road for approximately one hour between Mascot Street and Leota Street and appreciated cooperation from the public while the investigation and safety assessments were ongoing. The road opened up to traffic after a few hours with assistance from the Yukon Department of Highways and Public Works.
"Thank you to all who called 911 and provided information while we were en route to this call," says Whitehorse RCMP Operations NCO Sgt. Jolene Nason. "This was a unique call and we are thankful that no one was hurt in the event."
Police reached out to Transport Canada, NAV Canada, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, and Canada Border Services Agency for assistance in the investigation. Thank you to all partner agencies, including the other first responders who attended the initial call, for their collaboration in ensuring safety during this incident. The investigation has been forwarded to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada as the lead investigative body for aircraft crashes and emergency landings.