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curmudgeon

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Lake Mistastin in northern Labrador is one the most beautiful, wild, and desolate places I have ever been.  The lake is actually formed from an ancient meteor impact, and it is home to a unique strain of Landlocked Arctic Char found nowhere else in the world.

This week it was the site of a Beaver float plane crash that killed seven people that were on a day trip there from Three River’s Lodge.

In 2014 I was there on that same plane with the same bush pilot (pictured) that was among the folks who were killed.

To die on an adventure fly-fishing trip to one of the most beautiful places in the world sort of rocks me to my core.  I am lost for words, which is not like me.

And my heart goes out to all the fine folks who work and fish at Three Rivers Lodge.

You can read more in the link I have provided. 

And I included some photos from my 2014 trip for reference just how beautiful and remote this place is.

Tony

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/rcmp-mistastin-lake-recovery-air-saguenay-1.5217557?fbclid=IwAR06Wq2YBM6jVozkhUhQOnKciZJJbzCLEMPBWvWcLpYPr_w100PNkRgIeM8


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It hit home for me as well. I flew with Air Saguenay back in 2015 on a caribou hunt. We had one of their pilots that used our camp as a base camp to provide service to the other camps in the area, he was a Frenchman named Fred. He was a great fisherman and after I taggged out we fished for three days together as I was the only fly fisherman in camp. We still keep in touch to this day as he was always intrigued by my stories from WV both hunting and fishing. He lost his pilot job with Air Saguenay back in 2017 when Quebec ended sport hunting for caribou.
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That’s sad news for sure. Would you agree that 7 people and their gear is too much for a Beaver float plane? Do you think that is possibly why they crashed?
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curmudgeon

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Nope. That's not a big load for a Beaver. There was 6 folks the day I did it. And the pilot Giles Moran was very safety focused and very experienced.
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I have done a few fly outs and the pilots have my respect. It is an experience.

And, just yesterday I spent a good deal of time working to schedule an Alaskan backcountry float requiring two flights each - out and back.

So, I don’t think I could even begin to understand how it must have made you feel with your history on the plane and knowing the pilot.

I hate this for you and especially for all involved and their family.

But, we all know the history and the dangers a Bush pilot must face on every flight.

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That really is sad. I can’t imagine going on the trip of a lifetime and dying on the flight in. I’m sure it really hit home for you having been with the same pilot in the same plane
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They have not released the names of the two guides who were killed yet.

There is a really good chance that I know them too.

All the staff at Three Rivers Lodge are long term employees.


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curmudgeon

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As of two hours ago they still have not found the bodies of four of the men who were on the plane that went down last Monday.

They expected to find them inside the sunken plane, but I guess they were not there.

It is hard to imagine how hard that plane hit the water to have sheared off the floats allowing it to sink.

The remoteness of this area confounds the search effort.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/no-sign-floatplane-missing-men-1.5220314




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This hits close to home for me... having flown in Beaver's, Otter's, and more unconventionally Bell Helicopters into the backcountry of Canada on many occasions. The pilots, guides, crew, and even the people who decide to take the risk of back country hunting and fishing as a living or recreation take a chance every time they step on the bird flying them.  Its always an interesting feeling when you taxi out from the dock and lift off just feet over the black spruce and red pines on the lakes edge, and come in right over top of them to land. I hope something is learned from this incident... terrible loss to their industry up there and the families involved.   
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Its always an interesting feeling when you taxi out from the dock and lift off just feet over the black spruce and red pines on the lakes edge, and come in right over top of them to land.   


On my first ever Otter flight I sat up front with the pilot. When we took off we were headed straight for the trees. I'm thinking we are never going to make it. I kept glancing over at the pilot then at the trees, but the pilot wasn't excited or had one heck of a poker face, because it appeared that we only cleared them by a few feet. Great experience.
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They have still not found the other four missing bodies. 

I did not know the one guide who worked for Three River’s Lodge who they did find.  His funeral is today.

The missing includes the second yet unnamed guide, the pilot who I knew, and two young brothers from Chicago.  (Their father was one of the bodies that have been found.)

A second American from New Jersey has been found, but he has not been named in the press.

Three Rivers Lodge is such a special place.  I am not sure how you recover your guide business from this.

 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/dwayne-winsor-de-havilland-beaver-air-saguenay-mistastin-lake-1.5219517

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