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Cause of Snow Lake crash still unclear

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There’s no cause yet for the Snow Lake plane crash Nov. 18 that killed pilot Mark Gogal and injured seven passengers.

But neither has anything been ruled out, Transportation Safety Board of Canada Regional Manager Peter Hildebrand said this afternoon.

The Cessna 208 owned by Gogal Air Services successfully took off and flew about a kilometre, said Hildebrand. "It descended at a steep angle -- it hit the ground and stopped in 50 feet."

Hildebrand said that the TSBC has made several recommendations over the years for more equipment on small aircraft, including flight data recorders, none of which Transport Canada has adopted.

He said that 95 per cent of air accidents in the past decade in Canada involved planes of nine seats or fewer, and involved 93 per cent of the air fatalities in the country.

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