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Fatal plane crash at Snowshoe Lake happened on approach to landing

Investigators have taken some aircraft components to a Winnipeg lab.
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A Piper J3 Cub lies on the ice of Snowshoe Lake after a fatal crash on March 30, 2019 (Flickr/TSB photo)

KENORA, ON — The Transportation Safety Board says the single-engine plane involved in a fatal crash landing north of Kenora on the weekend went out of control on the final approach to Snowshoe Lake.

A TSB spokesperson says a team that conducted an initial investigation at the crash site 60 kilometres from Kenora has returned to Winnipeg with some preliminary findings. 

They determined that "control was lost and the aircraft collided with the frozen ice surface," Eric Collard told Tbnewswatch in an interview Tuesday.

It is not yet clear what led up to the Saturday afternoon collision, which claimed the life of the 65-year-old pilot and caused critical injuries to a 26-year-old passenger.

The ski-equipped, privately-registered Piper J3 Cub had flown from Minaki to Snowshoe Lake.

TSB investigators removed some items from the aircraft for examination at the board's facilities in Winnipeg.

"We are still assessing the occurrence, which means we haven't determined what level of investigation we're going to be doing on this," Collard said.

Gary Rinne

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Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Gary started part-time at Tbnewswatch in 2016 after retiring from the CBC
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