Chaplains Responding to Fort Smith After Tragic Plane Crash

Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team will be on their way to Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, after a plane crashed shortly after taking off from the small, northern town.

Six people from the community have been confirmed dead, and one taken to hospital after the Jan. 23 crash. Fort Smith, located about 740 kilometers south of Yellowknife, has a population of around 2,200.

At the invitation of local churches, chaplains will be offering emotional and spiritual support as residents begin to grapple with the aftermath of this horrific disaster.

“Our hearts are broken for the community of Fort Smith and the families of everyone involved in this tragedy,” said Holly Lafont, the Rapid Response Team manager in Canada.

“We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to listen, comfort, and pray with residents who are hurting.”

Will Graham responded to the tragic news: “The people of Fort Smith are wonderful folks, and my heart hurts for them. We were just there in 2022, using those same planes, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Fort Smith as part of the Northern Canada Christmas Tour.

Please pray for all those affected by this terrible crash, including families who are grieving and the first responders who are helping. Ask God to strengthen the chaplains as they share the peace and comfort Jesus Christ offers.