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TSB investigating float plane accident

Aug. 31, 2011, Thunder Bay, Ont. - Transportation Safety Board official are to investigate the crash of a float plane in northern Ontario that claimed the life of an American pilot.


August 31, 2011
By The Canadian Press

Board spokesman Chris Krepski said initial reports suggest the amphibious Cessna 206 was trying to land on Monday on the chutes of Abram Lake when the aircraft flipped over into the water.

Another pilot flew over the site around 4 p.m. and reported the crash.

Police said the pilot, a Sunfish Lake, Minn., resident, was transported to Sioux Lookout's Meno Ya Win Health Centre where he was pronounced dead.

Results of a post-mortem examination conducted Tuesday at Kenora's Lake of the Woods Hospital were not available.

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OPP Const. Jodi Peckford said that a dog which was also in the airplane was found later on a nearby island. It is in the care of friends.

Krepski said the pilot had flown from Fort Frances, Ont., to Abram Lake.

It's the second small airplane crash in as many weeks in northwestern Ontario.

A six-seater aircraft flown by a Winnipeg pilot crashed on the edge of Highway 17 near the Marathon airport on Aug. 18.

The pilot was treated for minor injuries at the Marathon hospital and released.

The lone passenger wasn't hurt.