One dead, seven injured after plane crash in northern Manitoba
Published Sunday, November 18, 2012 4:09PM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 19, 2012 8:00AM EST
The RCMP continues to investigate after a plane crashed in northern Manitoba Sunday morning, killing the 40-year-old pilot and injuring seven other men on board.
RCMP, paramedics and firefighters were dispatched to the scene of the crash, just outside the town of Snow Lake, around 10 a.m.
The plane, a Cessna 208 Caravan, crashed roughly nine kilometres east of the Snow Lake Airport in an area of dense bush.
RCMP spokesperson Line Karpish told The Canadian Press that one of the survivors used a cellphone to call 911.
The Canadian Forces dispatched a Hercules aircraft to the scene. However, rescuers were unable to parachute down due to heavy cloud cover.
Rescuers had to access the site via snowmobile.
"Just to get to the plane crash, basically it took over an hour and a half to cover the six miles," Karpish said.
"I'm told that they ended up having to push a trail. They did end up accessing (the site) using snowmobiles and rescue sleighs to get to them safety."
The surviving passengers were removed from the crash site and were transported to hospital, Mayor Clarence Fisher told CTV Winnipeg. Their conditions remained unclear Sunday evening.
The pilot was a resident of Snow Lake, a town of 900 residents about 700 km north of Winnipeg. The RCMP said his name will not be released.
Fisher told CTV that the low ceiling and overcast conditions “meant that (survivors) were not able to be medevaced out of the community.” Ground transportation had been arranged to take them to nearby hospitals in Thompson, The Pas and Flin Flon.
According to Fisher, the plane was operated by a local charter company, Gogal Air Service but he could not provide information as to who was on board.
The Transportation Safety Board has been contacted and representatives will visit the crash site.
Sunday’s crash followed another on Saturday evening, when a plane went down in Northern Alberta, killing the 52-year-old pilot. The crash occurred a few kilometres northeast of the La Crete airport, which is about 670 kilometres north of Edmonton.
The crash was detected by the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, Ont. RCMP say the plane entered an area of low visibility between La Crete and High Level due to cloud cover and heavy fog.
The man was the lone occupant of the single-engine turbopop.