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Two men hurt after plane goes down near Lac du Bonnet

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Two men were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a plane went down near Lac du Bonnet this morning.

Around 9 a.m., a green and white Cessna 180 float plane went down in a field near Lee River shortly after taking off from a lake in an area near Bird River, which is northeast of the crash site.

A spokesman with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said the pilot had to make a forced landing.

"Both men survived, so we’re glad to hear that," said Peter Hildebrand, regional manager. "It would be a difficult forced landing, given that it’s a float plane and there was no water available to them.

"Though they didn’t walk away, it certainly could have been much worse."

The province’s STARS-1 air ambulance helicopter was dispatched to the region, but both men were taken to hospital by traditional ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

TheSafety Board indicated neither weather nor high winds were factors in the crash, instead hinting at a mechanical issue with the craft.

"We have some concerns about the mechanical condition of the aircraft, so we’ll have to follow up to see what problem, if any, there were with the engine," said Hildebrand.

According to the Canadian Civil Aircraft Registry, the single-engine plane was built in 1956. It has been registered to Vernon Guttman of Whiteshell Resources since 1993.

Hildebrand said planes of this size are required to go through regular mechanical inspection, typically after every 100 hours of flying or on an annual schedule. The Cessna 180 in this incident did have some maintenance work done over the winter, but Hildebrand wasn’t prepared to tie that work to the cause of incident.

"We’ll take a closer look, but it’s too early to make that judgement," he said.

 

adam.wazny@freepress.mb.ca

 

 

 

 

 

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Updated on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM CDT: Updates with comment from Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

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