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Wasaya Airways releases name of pilot who died in Pickle Lake-area crash

Wasaya Airways in northwestern Ontario has released the name of the pilot who died in the Dec. 12 crash of Flight 127, a Cessna 208 Caravan Cargo aircraft, north of Pickle Lake.
Wasaya Airways reports Captain Nick Little was found by rescuers Friday night, unresponsive, and could not be resuscitated. (Wasaya Airways)

Wasaya Airways in northwestern Ontario has released the name of the pilot who died in the Dec. 12 crash of Flight 127, a Cessna 208 Caravan Cargo aircraft, north of Pickle Lake.

Captain Nick Little was found by rescuers that night, unresponsive, and could not be resuscitated.

Wasaya chartered a Wisk Air Helicopter Friday, however due to poor weather and heavy icing in the area, the helicopter wasn't able to arrive until Saturday morning.

On Saturday the helicopter was used to take SAR Techs and OPP Investigators to the site, who were then successful in transporting the body from the site.

In a press release issued Tuesday, Wasaya stated it is co-operating fully with authorities as they conduct their investigation.

Transportation Safety Board officials arrived at the crash site on Sunday.

"We are grieving the loss of Captain Nick Little. Our focus is caring for Nick's family and our Wasaya  family," said Michael Rodyniuk, Wasaya president and CEO.

Wasaya operates 60 flights per day throughout northwestern Ontario, with passenger and freight operations.

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