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Families, friends and co-workers mourn deaths of two pilots

Celebrations of Life will be held for Steven Maxwell and Mitchell Frost this weekend
Residents of Eabematoong First Nation lit candles in memory of pilots Steven Maxwell and Mitchell Frost who died in a plane crash en route to the community (submitted photo)

THUNDER BAY — Family members, friends and workmates of two Thunder Bay pilots who died in a plane crash north of Nakina will gather on Saturday for celebrations of their lives.

Steven Andrew Maxwell, 26, and 23-year-old Mitchell James Frost were found dead March 4 in the wreckage of their Cessna 208 commercial aircraft operated by ZAM Air Service, owned by Thunder Bay-based Wilderness North.

The pair had taken off for Eabametoong First Nation on Feb. 28, and a search was started after they failed to arrive at their destination.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada continues to investigate the cause of the crash.

Both pilots had a passion for flying and were graduates of the flight management program at Confederation College.

Maxwell began working at ZAM Air Service immediately after graduating in 2018.

Frost graduated in 2021, and had worked at ZAM for the past year.

In Eabametoong, community members set up a memorial where they lit candles as expressions of sympathy for employees of ZAM Air.

Confederation College president Kathleen Lynch issued a statement Wednesday expressing the college's condolences and profound sadness over the loss of two alumni.

"This has deeply affected many of us, and support is being offered to those within the college who may need it," Lynch said.





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