The Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) has learned of an aircraft incident that claimed the lives of its pilot, Shawn Thomas Kitchen, and its single passenger, Julia Lane, in Yukon during a flight from a mineral exploration property to Mayo on the afternoon of August 6, 2019.

“AME offers its sincere condolences to everyone involved and affected by the plane crash on Tuesday,” says Kendra Johnston, President & CEO of AME. Ms. Johnston continues, “Julia Lane was a valued member and volunteer of our community, a fabulous geologist and a wonderful mentor to many. In addition, Alkan Air is a highly respected aviation company and corporate member that is committed to safety. The mineral exploration community in BC and Yukon is a very close and tight-knit community. Many of us are saddened by this news and our hearts are with the families, friends and colleagues of the deceased.”

We understand that the incident is under investigation by the Transportation Safety Board, RCMP and Yukon Coroner’s Service. The safety of every member of AME is of great importance to us, and we hope that as details regarding the crash are investigated, we will be able to learn from this tragedy and share recommendations with our members.

AME will continue to support its members in achieving safe mineral exploration and development programs and offers resources here.

Media Contact:
Jordan Townley
Manager, Marketing and Communications, AME
[email protected]