Thunder Bay curlers Rick Lang, Krista McCarville, Ashley Sippala on Bearskin flight that crashed Monday

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Six passengers and two crew members were onboard when the plane left the runway Monday in Dryden

CBC News · Posted: Feb 25, 2020

A plane crashed after it left the runway during take off at the Dryden Regional Airport on Monday. (City of Dryden)

The Northern Ontario Curling Association confirmed to CBC News Tuesday that Thunder Bay curlers Krista McCarville, Ashley Sippala, and Rick Lang were among the passengers onboard a Bearskin Airlines flight that went off the runway Monday in Dryden, Ont..   

None of the six passengers and two crew members onboard suffered life-threatening injuries when the plane, which was headed to Sioux Lookout, left the runway during take-off roll at the Dryden Regional Airport shortly after 4 p.m. on Feb. 24.

McCarville, Sippala, and Lang were among the passengers. All three are fine, the curling association said, although Lang was treated in hospital for minor injuries and has since been released.

McCarville recently skipped Team Northern Ontario at the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which took place in Moose Jaw, Sask., earlier in February. Sippala plays second on the McCarville rink.

Ontario Provincial Police said one other passenger was taken to hospital with minor injuries. 

Dryden Regional Airport manager Tiffany Coffey said on Tuesday morning the plane “became disabled off the side of the runway, 150 metres from the threshold, due to an aborted take-off on the initial take-off roll.”

Coffey said the runway was re-opened at 8 p.m. that night, after the aircraft was removed, and the runway was inspected for debris.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the cause of the crash, and said an investigator is being deployed to the site on Wednesday.