A team of two investigators arrived at a small lake west of Fort Simpson on Tuesday morning, following a Simpson Air plane crash last Thursday evening which killed three people.
“We’re waiting for the wreckage to get taken out of the water,” said Eric Collard, a Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesperson.
Water recoveries are complex, explained Collard, and investigators will personally supervise removal of the Cessna 206 from the scene of the incident at Little Doctor Lake.
Once the plane is recovered, investigators will examine the aircraft and collect data.
“Sometimes some parts are sent over to our lab ... depending on what they see or what they need to look at further,” Collard added.
While the timeline until investigators learn more about the crash is dependent on when they are able to examine the wreckage, they have already begun collecting data and interviewing the two survivors along with others involved.
Interviews will continue over the coming days.
On Tuesday, the NWT Coroner Service told Cabin Radio it is "still investigating" and not yet able to confirm the passengers' identities.