On July 15, 2019, a crew of seven embarked on a fishing trip from Three Rivers Lodge, Newfoundland and Labrador aboard a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver float plane. The plane later crashed into Mistastin Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador and there were no survivors. Despite searches, the remains of three people are still missing, as well as the plane itself.
Newfoundland lawyers, MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law, have been hired to represent two families of crash victims in a personal injury claim against Air Saguenay and Three Rivers Lodge. This claim is through the Newfoundland and Labrador Fatal Accidents Act.
MacGillivray Law will continue to gather evidence and testimony to support these claims.
Through our work on this case, we became aware of some developments in the Canadian Aviation Regulations that could be of interest to operators and passengers of float planes. As per these Regulations, the use of personal flotation devices (“PFDs”) while aboard a float plane is now mandated by law. This regulation comes into effect for airline companies and independent float plane owners in September 2020.
It has been argued that the use of PFDs on small aircrafts increases the survival rate for crash victims.
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