The NWT Coroner Service has identified the three victims of last week’s fatal Simpson Air plane crash west of Fort Simpson.

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, the coroner’s office identified the three people who lost their lives as 33-year-old Geoffrey Dean of Castor, AB; Stewart Edelman, 72, of Saskatoon; and Jean Edelman, 72, also of Saskatoon.

The three perished when a Simpson Air Cessna 206 crashed during landing at Little Doctor Lake, some 120 km west of Fort Simpson, last Thursday evening.

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The lake is the site of the Nahanni Mountain Lodge, a retreat operated by Simpson Air’s owners.

On Tuesday, two investigators arrived at the scene of the crash to supervise retrieval of the aircraft’s wreckage from the lake.

The cause of the crash remains unclear. Investigators are conducting interviews, including with the flight’s two survivors – a passenger and the locally-based pilot.

Geoff Dean, who lost his life in the Simpson Air plane crash in August 2018, is pictured in a photograph posted online by Louella Dean
Geoff Dean, who lost his life in the Simpson Air plane crash in August 2018, is pictured in a photograph posted online by Louella Dean.

“My heart is broken,” Louella Dean, Geoff Dean’s wife and the surviving passenger aboard the flight, wrote on Facebook.

“My wonderful, kind-hearted, patient, selfless, love-of-my-life husband put me before himself for the last time. Forever in my heart.”