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Winds made plane crash, probe finds

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HIGH winds resulted in a pilot losing control of an ultralight plane and crashing near Gull Lake last week, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Monday.

TSB spokesman Peter Hildebrand said that's what investigators determined happened last Thursday in the crash that injured two people -- a male pilot and female passenger -- near Hwy. 12 and Stead Road in the RM of St. Clements.

"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.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 30, 2013 A7

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