Ornge returning S76 helicopters to service
Ornge Sikorsky S76 air ambulance helicopter. (Len Gillis/QMI Agency)
Ontario's air ambulance provider Ornge is returning its Sikorsky S76 helicopter fleet to service, the company announced Tuesday.
Ornge took its five remaining Sikorsky S76 helicopters out of service as a precaution after one of the helicopters crashed in northern Ontario early Friday, killing the four people on board.
Ornge said the preliminary investigation of the crash hasn't raised concerns about the S76 fleet.
The S76 flies out of bases in Thunder Bay and Kenora.
Ornge said it is working on contingency plans to restore helicopter service in Moosonee.
While the helicopters were out of service, Ornge fixed-wing aircraft, carriers with standing agreements with Ornge and local paramedic services were available for patient transportation in the region.
Capt. Don Filleter, First Officer Jacques Dupuy, and paramedics Dustin Dagenais and Chris Snowball died shortly after midnight Friday when their helicopter went down just over a kilometre from the base in Moosonee while en route to Attawapiskat.
Funeral services for Filleter will be held Saturday morning.
He is survived by his wife and three children.