Pilot, 81, Killed After Plane Crashes into Manitoba Lake

The pilot of a float plane was killed Sunday when his aircraft crashed into a remote Manitoba lake.

RCMP dive teams located the body of the 81-year-old man from the Gimli area at about 2:30 a.m. The plane was overdue, forcing a search to be launched with the help of a Hercules aircraft from the 435 Squadron in Winnipeg. Rescuers located the missing aircraft submerged in Lake Kapekun — located about 300 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

It’s believed the man departed from Gimli at around 11 a.m. on Saturday.

An RCMP underwater recovery team was on its way to recover the man’s body from the aircraft Sunday afternoon. His name will not be released.

Police say no one else was on board the aircraft at the time.


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