Air Ambulance Crash Kills Two (Updated)
The owner of Atlantic Charters was flying a Piper Navajo that went down on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy early Saturday.
Klaus Sonnenberg and paramedic William Mallock, both Grand Manan residents, died in the crash. A nurse and another pilot were seriously injured but were in stable condition Sunday. They have not been identified.
Both Sonnenberg and Mallock were well known in the tight-nit community and were frequently involved in emergency response situations on the isolated island. Mayor Dennis Greene called Sonnenberg “a great pilot…who was always there to help during an emergency,” according to the Canadian Press.
The Atlantic Charters aircraft was returning from Saint John after dropping off a patient being transferred to a hospital there. The aircraft went down near the airport on Grand Manan.
Atlantic Charters has a contract to supply air ambulance services to Grand Manan. The pilots worked for the company and the paramedic and nurse for Ambulance New Brunswick.
An RCAF Cormorant helicopter was used to airlift one of the survivors to Saint John for treatment while the other was taken to Grand Manan Hospital.
Winds were light and it was not raining at the time of the crash.
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