By Rhiannon Hoyle


Rio Tinto said a plane en route to the company's Diavik diamond mine crashed near Fort Smith in Canada's Northwest Territories, killing some people on board.

"We are working closely with authorities and will help in any way we can with their efforts to find out exactly what has happened," said Chief Executive Jakob Stausholm.

A spokesman for the miner said some Rio Tinto workers had died in the crash, but couldn't confirm how many. The Office of the Chief Coroner in the Northwest Territories also said there had been fatalities, but said it wouldn't provide additional information as it sought to notify next of kin.

The premier of the Northwest Territories said the plane was operated by Northwestern Air. The airline couldn't immediately be reached for comment.


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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 23, 2024 22:35 ET (03:35 GMT)

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