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TSB investigators eager to speak to crash survivor

Jan. 11, 2012, North Spirit Lake, Ont. - Transportation Safety Board investigators are expected to arrive today at a northwestern Ontario reserve where a plane crash killed four people.


January 11, 2012
By The Canadian Press

The small twin-engine plane was carrying five people from Winnipeg when it crashed yesterday while trying to land at North Spirit Lake.

At the time, a fierce blizzard was pounding the area, 400 kilometres north of Dryden.

Investigators will be hampered by the fact the plane did not have a flight data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder.

They're eager to speak with the sole survivor, 36-year-old Brian Shead of Winnipeg.

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Because the airport in North Spirit Lake has no emergency equipment, residents of the reserve had to use snow to try to put out the flames.

Residents say they heard a "putt-putt'' sound coming from the plane before the crash.