Float plane crashes while taking off near Little Grand Rapids

Injured pilot rescued by police and paramedics in forest firefighting helicopter that was in the area

A float plane pilot was rescued by helicopter north of Little Grand Rapids July 11 after crashing into a rocky shoreline while trying to take off.

Little Grand Rapids RCMP were alerted around 5 p.m. about the crash and injured pilot on Fedirchyk Lake, about 12 kilometres southwest of Little Grand Rapids. RCMP officers and paramedics were transported to the site by helicopter at 5:30 p.m. The pilot was located conscious around 5:45 p.m. and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was on board the plane at the time of the crash.

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"It was fortunate that a helicopter was at the Little Grand Rapids airport assisting Manitoba Sustainable Development with local forest fires," said Sgt. Glen Binda, Little Grand Rapids RCMP detachment commander. "Their help was essential in the rescue due to the remote location of the lake. Working collaboratively with Manitoba Sustainable Development was critical for a successful outcome."

RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada continue to investigate.


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