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VIDEO: Cause of Fatal Snow Lake Plane Crash Unknown

November 27, 2012 4:44 PM | News

WINNIPEG — The cause of what led to a Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft to go down near Snow Lake last week is unknown.

The Transportation Safety Board updated their investigation on Tuesday, saying while no definitive cause of the fatal crash has been found, nothing has been ruled out.

The plane took off on November 18 from Snow Lake destined for Winnipeg. Shortly after takeoff, the plane crashed, killing the pilot and owner of the aircraft, 40-year-old Mark Gogal. The seven passengers on board were injured and treated in hospital. They were all employees of Dumas Mine Contracting.

Weather hasn’t been attributed to the crash as of yet, but at the time it hampered timely rescue efforts.

Peter Hildebrand with the TSB said the aircraft took off and hit the ground at a steep angle after flying for about one kilometre.

“It hit the ground and stopped in 50 feet,” Hildebrand said.

The aircraft wasn’t equipped with a flight data or voice recorder, and isn’t required by law to be outfitted with such equipment.

Hildebrand says the TSB has made recommendations to Transport Canada in the past for such devices to be required on smaller aircraft.

The remaining pieces of wreckage are still at the crash site, and will eventually be sent to Ottawa for further analysis, along with the pieces at TSB’s Winnipeg office.

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