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Names Of Yukon Plane Crash Victims Divulged

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Julia Lane, 33, and Shawn Thomas Kitchen, 24, were killed on Tuesday after the plane they were flying crashed near Mayo Lake, Yukon, reported CBC News.

Lane was vice president exploration at ATAC Resources. The plane was returning from ATAC's Rackla property when the accident occurred.

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver offered condolences.

"My colleagues and I are deeply saddened by the tragic airplane accident near Mayo Lake yesterday that claimed two lives," said Silver in a statement.

"On behalf of all Yukoners, we offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the pilot and passenger who were on board, as well as Alkan Air and Yukon’s aviation and mining communities, who have suffered an immeasurable loss as a result of this accident."

ATAC Resources issued a statement.

"ATAC Resources is mourning the heartbreaking loss of our beloved colleague and friend in yesterday's accident. Our full support and deepest condolences to all impacted by this tragic loss," said the company.

On ATAC's website, Lane is described as having been involved in the company's property since 2009. She was appointed VP in 2015 and was responsible for directing ATAC's exploration programs.

CBC News reported that the plane was a Cessna 208 and operated by Alkan Air. The plane was reported missing at noon on Tuesday.

The plane was located at 1:30 p.m. during a flyover.

The victims are being remembered by the close-knit mining community in the Yukon.

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