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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.


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.


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