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Strong winds blamed for ultralight plane crash

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Strong winds caused an ultralight plane's pilot to lose control and crash near Gull Lake last week, an investigation has found.

Peter Hildebrand, of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said today that’s what investigators determined happened last Thursday when two people — a male pilot and female passenger — were injured near Hwy. 12 and Stead Road in the RM of St. Clements.

The pilot suffered a broken ankle and fractured wrist, while the woman had bruises and scrapes.

"The winds were substantial and significant," Hildebrand said. "The airplane got into an area of turbulence and strong winds and the pilot ended up in the trees.

"It’s one of those things where it is a relatively light airplane not capable of operating in gusty large turbulence."

Hildebrand said the plane was on its way to fly from the Stead area to Gimli and back again over Lake Winnipeg when it ran into trouble.

The finding concludes the TSB's investigation into the crash, Hildebrand said.

 

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