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Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Rural Marsh

February 13, 2011 11:00 AM | News

By David Klassen

A single-engine aircraft made an emergency landing Saturday evening after experiencing engine problems.

RCMP say the Piper plane based out of Winnipeg was being flown back from Whiteshell Provincial Park at the time. The 25-year-old male pilot decided to land the ski-equipped plane in a rural marsh near Elma, Manitoba when he couldn’t make it any further.

The plane became bogged down in deep snow and needed to be rescued by RCMP members on snowmobiles, who arrived on site at about 9 p.m. A Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Hercules aircraft was sent out from CFB 17 Wing to locate the aircraft and assist RCMP in finding it.

The pilot and his 20-year-old male passenger, both from Winnipeg, did not suffer any injuries in the incident.

The aircraft was not damaged in the landing, but the Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Elma is about 90 km east of Winnipeg.