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Efforts to recover bodies of Canadians in Antarctica crash postponed

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OFFICIALS have called off efforts to recover the bodies of three Canadians after a plane crash in Antarctica, saying it would be unsafe to further disturb the wreckage.

One of the agencies investigating the deadly crash said poor winter weather will delay the recovery operation until the next Antarctic research season, which coincides with the polar region's period of 24-hour sunlight.

Peter West of the U.S. National Science Foundation said rescue crews have retrieved some equipment from the Twin Otter aircraft, which is largely embedded in a steep slope near the summit of Mount Elizabeth on the Queen Alexandra range

The plane is operated by Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air and was reported missing after it failed to reach its destination on Wednesday.

The pilot has been identified by friends as Bob Heath of Inuvik while media reports have identified a second crew member as Mike Denton, a newlywed from Calgary whose photographs of planes appear on the Kenn Borek website.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 28, 2013 A7

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