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(Reuters) - A small airplane carrying 22 passengers and three crew members crashed after it took off in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, the police said.

A number of people suffered injuries, with some serious enough to require air ambulance services, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.

The West Wind Aviation ATR-42 went down near the Fond-du-Lac airport at around 6:15 pm local time, RCMP said.

ATR, a joint venture between Airbus and Italian company Leonardo, is the world's largest maker of regional turboprop planes.

There was no explosion or fire when the turboprop plane crashed, police said. The Canadian Transportation Safety Board is looking into the cause of the accident.

(Reporting by Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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