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Five of seven survivors of Snow Lake crash remain in hospital

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Five of the seven men who survived a plane crash near Snow Lake that killed the pilot last Sunday are still in hospital, health officials said today.

The men, all from eastern Canada, were pulled from the wreckage of a small plane by emergency crews and community members, rushed to the Snow Lake Health Centre and then airlifted to hospitals in Winnipeg, The Pas and Flin Flon.

They were treated for a variety of injuries, including broken bones.

As of this morning, one man had been released from Seven Oaks Hospital, while four are still at Health Sciences Centre. They are listed in stable condition.

One man remains in stable condition in the hospital in The Pas, while another survivor was released from the hospital in Flin Flon on Wednesday.

All seven work for Dumas Mine Contracting, which has a head office in Toronto.

The company gave an initial statement Monday but has not responded to interview requests since then.

The pilot, 40-year-old Mark Gogal, died in the crash.

The plane, a Cessna 208 Caravan, was owned by the pilot’s family, Gogal Air Services, of Snow Lake.

RCMP say a 911 call from a passenger aboard the plane came in just after 10 a.m., and emergency crews were dispatched to the site in the bush about one kilometre from the end of Snow Lake’s gravel airstrip.

Investigators with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada spent three days in Snow Lake, and are headed back to Winnipeg today.

Parts of the aircraft still have to be transported to Winnipeg, and then will be shipped to a TSB lab in Ottawa for further analysis.

Peter Hildebrand, regional manager of air investigations with the TSB, said it’s still too early to pinpoint the cause of the crash.

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