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Pilot, passenger hurt as aircraft crashes in bush

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A Manitoba grocer described Thursday how he helped rescue two people who survived a nose-first crash of a small plane near Gull Lake that afternoon.

At around 1:30 p.m. near Highway 12 and Stead Road in the RM of St. Clements, a two-seat ultralight [lane went down into trees after fighting heavy crosswinds. The two people in the plane, a male pilot and female passenger, were injured in the crash. The pilot was in worse shape, suffering a broken ankle and fractured wrist. The woman had scrapes and bruises.

"His bone was sticking out of his leg," said Randy Mabb, who was the first on the scene with his daughter, Tricia, minutes after the plane crashed. "The pilot is a doctor, so he knew what to do. He told me what to do when I was moving him."

The pilot and passenger were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Mabb and his daughter moved the pilot and passenger away from the blue-and-white plane before emergency crews arrived.

The plane was leaking a small amount of fuel, Mabb said, and everyone involved didn't want to take any chances while waiting for assistance.

Mabb's Sherwood Groceries convenience store was just a half-kilometre away from the crash.

The pilot had called the store to tell them his plane had gone down and gave directions to their location, according to the store owner.

"They come into the store all the time and told us they would be flying over at some point (Thursday afternoon)," Mabb said. "We didn't see them, so we thought there might be a problem or something."

The Transportation Board of Canada is currently investigating the incident.

Gull Lake is approximately 85 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

adam.wazny@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 26, 2013 A5

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