Three Minnesota anglers killed in plane crash south of Kenora

Reg Clayton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:43 PM ET

KENORA, Ont. -- Three Minnesota anglers died after their small plane crashed south of Kenora Friday. The city is situated on the Lake of the Woods in northwestern Ontario.

​Police were called at 4:45 p.m. on Friday after the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ont., received a signal from an Emergency Locater Transmitter on Chappie Lake.

Canadian Forces search-and-rescue crews deployed from Winnipeg aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft parachuted into the area and located a downed Cessna 182 aircraft.

Two occupants were deceased and a third was seriously injured and succumbed to her injuries despite life-saving efforts of SAR members.

The deceased have been identified as Nikolas Rajala, 41, Teresa Rajala, 40, and Lynn Bohanon, 36, all of Grand Rapids, Minn. The group had departed from an area fishing lodge and were flying to Chappie Lake to fish for the day.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash, and a team from the Transportation Safety Board has been dispatched to conduct its own investigation.

The coroner's office has also been notified.


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