OTTAWA -- An employee of Canadian North has died following a workplace accident at the Ottawa Airport.

In a statement, President and CEO Chris Avery says a workplace accident in the Canadian North hangar at the Ottawa Airport Monday morning during the loading of an aircraft resulted in the death of an employee.

Statement, Canadian North

"This is a very sad day and we send our deepest condolences to the employee’s family and loved ones," said Avery.

"We are currently supporting the investigation of this accident and are taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our employees."

Colleagues identify the victim as 55-year-old Mike Patterson.  They describe him as a "the type of person to help when you need it."

The Ottawa Airport said its emergency response team responded to the incident and initiated care, followed by the Ottawa Paramedic Service. A spokesperson for the Ottawa International Airport directed CTV News Ottawa to the airline for further information.

Ottawa Police confirm they were called to the Ottawa Airport for a workplace injury just after 9 a.m. Monday. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Patterson's wife and two children. 

With files from CTV News Ottawa's Saron Fanel.