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Pilot safe following rural crash

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DOUG Stevens walked away unscathed after his plane crashed into a rural Manitoba ditch Tuesday afternoon.

At about 3:25 p.m., the St. Andrews land surveyor's single-engine Cessna 180 crashed and flipped next to Highway 4 in the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews.

"I took off and had no engine power," Stevens said, when reached at his home Tuesday night.

Stevens was checked out by emergency crews and released at the scene. He has been flying for more than 25 years.

The two-seater plane took off from an airstrip near Breezy Point Road, less than two kilometres from the crash site. Stevens said he was trying to fly the plane from Selkirk to St. Andrews.

He said he has no idea what caused the engine problem.

Selkirk RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash. Early indications suggest mechanical failure.

Stevens said he's not sure if the plane will be worth fixing, considering how much damage has been done.

Highway 4 was down to one lane for about an hour Tuesday afternoon as emergency crews were concerned about potential fuel leaks following the crash.

 

-- Staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 17, 2010 B1

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