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Plane crash near Kenora kills three Americans

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A plane crash near Kenora on Friday killed three Minnesotans.

The crash, which happened around 2 p.m. according to Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) sergeant Dean Barclay, happened on Chappie Lake, an inland lake on the Aulneau Peninsula of Lake of the Woods.

Police were called in around 4:45 p.m. after Search and Rescue members located a downed Cessna 182 plane shortly after 4:00 p.m. Two of the plane’s occupants were dead and a third was seriously injured. She succumbed to her injuries despite the life-saving efforts by the search and rescue crew.

The deceased have been identified and all three are from Grand Rapids, Minnesota: Nikolas Rajala, 41, Teresa Rajala, 40, and Lynn Bohanon, 36. The three were staying at a fishing lodge in the area and had intended to go fishing on Chappie Lake Friday.

The OPP Northwest Region Emergency Response team, Kenora Crime Unit, Forensic Investigation Unit and members of the Kenora OPP continue to investigate the incident.

Transport Canada, the Transport Safety Board and the Office of the Coroner have also been notified.

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