05/01/2017 12:53 EDT | Updated 05/01/2017 19:01 EDT

Small plane with two aboard crashes in northern Quebec near Schefferville

MONTREAL — Quebec provincial police say there were no signs of life after a small plane crashed in northern Quebec with two people aboard.

Police spokesman Jean Tremblay said Monday that two planes carrying mining employees were heading to the Schefferville airport late Sunday, but only one of them arrived.

Tremblay said the wreckage was spotted by a search helicopter that was not able to land.

Rescuers used snowmobiles to reach the plane and did not see any signs of life from the occupants.

Police said the circumstances surrounding the crash were under investigation and the deaths of the those aboard would need to be confirmed by the coroner.

Both provincial police investigators and a team from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada were heading to the site.

A TSB spokesman said investigators would assess the scene and meet with witnesses but weren't expected to have an update until later.

Schefferville is more than 500 kilometres north of Sept-Iles, Que., near the Labrador border.