Crash victims transferred to Winnipeg hospital

A Cessna Caravan crashed east of Snow Lake, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (Courtesy of the Transportation...

A Cessna Caravan crashed east of Snow Lake, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (Courtesy of the Transportation Safety Board)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:39 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- The seven male passengers injured in a plane crash in which the pilot was killed east of Snow Lake, Man., Sunday have been transferred to Winnipeg.

Kelly Wiwcharuk at the Snow Lake Health Centre, said the seven men had all been transferred out of the hospital and taken to Winnipeg.

"They were stabilized and transported out yesterday," she said.

The men were aboard a Gogal Air Services plane bound for Winnipeg, that crashed about two kilometres from the northern Manitoba community's airport at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The pilot, Mark Gogal, 40, died in the crash.

A passenger called 911 but it took emergency crews hours to get all seven passengers to hospital.

Fog and snow prevented aerial help and a path to the crash site was bulldozed by a local contractor.

The small Cessna was transporting workers at the town's Dumas-Hudbay mine.

Transportation Safety Board (TSB) spokesperson Chris Krepski said the cause of the crash is still unknown.

"We did deploy an investigator to the scene, but from what I understand it's a pretty remote location," Krepski said. "We are very much in the early data-gathering phase. For the near future, our task is to gather as much information about the crash as possible."

That includes identifying parts from the wreckage, analyzing pieces in the lab, interviewing witnesses and survivors, reviewing pilot training records and weather data, and checking records of communication between the air traffic controller and pilot.

Krepski said the TSB will have a web page on the crash investigation online by Monday night, but full details of what caused the crash will take significantly more time.

 


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