No fatalities as plane crashes at Fox Harb'r

Twin-engine jet 'encountered difficulty' during landing

Darrell Cole
Published on November 9, 2007
Plane involved in the crash is a Challenger Global 5000 jet. Source:

FOX HARBOUR - Ten people are lucky to be alive following a plane crash at the luxury Fox Harb'r Resort on Sunday.

Emergency Health Services and firefighters from both Wallace and Pugwash were called the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m. when the plane encountered unspecified difficulties when landing at the resort's private airstrip.

"The aircraft encountered difficulty upon landing and came to rest near the end of the runway," Const. Paul Calder of the Cumberland RCMP said in a statement.

There were two crew members and eight passengers on board. All were either transported to nearby hospitals or examined on scene by EHS paramedics. None of the injuries is believed to be severe.

There was no fire but a quantity of aviation fuel remained on the aircraft.

It appears as though the jet's wing hit the runway causing the plane to spin before stopping past the end of the runway. It was raining at the time of the crash and there were high winds in the area.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the crash as well as the Department of the Environment.

Resort spokesperson Tim Armstrong confirmed there had been a crash and said that everyone had been evacuated and accounted for.

"We've had an accident with one of our aircraft. Everyone is OK. They're banged up a little bit," Armstrong said.

Company officials were saying little more later saying they would have a statement today regarding the crash.

The airplane involved was a Bombardier Global 5000, a two-engine business jet with a typical configuration of up to 19 passengers.

Fox Harb'r is a private golf resort east of Wallace on the Northumberland Strait. It's owned by Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce. Besides a top notch golf course, the resort features a private airstrip capable of handling large jets.