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Ornge air ambulance service facing charges in fatal 2013 crash

Ornge, Ontario's air ambulance service, is facing 17 charges under the Canadian Labour Code in connection with a fatal crash in northern Ontario.

In the early morning hours of May 31, 2013, a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter with four Ornge employees aboard took off from the Moosonee aiport, destined for the Attawapiskat First Nation. 15 minutes later, the chopper crashed, and the four people aboard were killed.

Capt. Don Filliter, First Officer Jacques Dupuy, and paramedics Dustin Dagenais and Chris Snowball lost their lives.

The charges were filed Thursday, according to court documents obtained by the CBC. Many relate to the training of the pilots.

Charges also include failing to provide the pilots with a "means to enable them to maintain a visual reference while operating at night" and permitting the pilots to fly contrary to Ornge's "Green-on-Green" Policy, which prohibits the pairing of two pilots who are both inexperienced.

Ornge is also charged with failing to provide adequate supervision for daily flight activities at Moosonee.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

In a statement, Ornge confirms it has received a summons with respect to the charges laid, and it is reviewing the documents.

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