Thursday, August 02, 2012

Cessna 180G Skywagon, N4695U: Accident occurred August 01, 2012 in Kenora/Trout Lake, Ontario, Canada

NTSB Identification: CEN12WA528 
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 01, 2012 in Kenora/Trout Lake, Ontario, Canada
Aircraft: CESSNA 180G, registration: N4695U
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Minor.

On August 1, 2012, about 1453 UTC, a Cessna 180G, US Registry N4695U collided with terrain while departing from Trout Lake, Ontario. The float-equipped airplane was substantially damaged. The pilot and one passenger were seriously injured, and one passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorlogical conditions prevailed for the personal flight in the local area.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Canadian government. Any further information may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)
335-550 Century Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H0Y1

Telephone: 204-983-5548
Facsimile: 204-983-8026

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

The scene of a plane crash near Trout Lake, north of Kenora, Ont., on Wednesday morning. The 78-year-old pilot and a 62-year-old passenger were seriously injured in the crash.
 (Submitted by Kelly Huff)

Three Minnesota residents survived when their small aircraft crashed in the bush south of Trout Lake in Northwestern Ontario, Wednesday morning, Aug. 1, 2012.

KENORA, ONT. — - Three Minnesota residents were hospitalized — two for serious injuries — after their small aircraft crashed in the bush south of Trout Lake on Wednesday morning.  

Friends and neighbors identified the victims as longtime summer residents Art Martin, his son Jeff, and companion Linda May.

Witnesses reported the Cessna 180 float plane encountered problems shortly after takeoff. The aircraft lost power as the pilot attempted a turn to land back on the lake at the recreational cottage area, about 25 km north of Kenora. The plane went down in trees in a rocky area several hundred feet offshore.

Summer resident Kelly Huff from Winnipeg was sitting on the deck of the family cottage when he heard the aircraft take off.

“The engine stopped and I heard a violent ‘thrashing’ as the plane went down in trees on the other side of the lake,” Huff recalled.

Neighbours Larry Ingram of Calgary and Jason Guard of Winnipeg jumped in a boat and crossed the lake to investigate. Huff and another resident followed in a second boat.

Ingram said the rescuers could hear calls for help as they made their way through the rugged and rocky terrain to the crash site. Jeff Martin seemed dazed but otherwise uninjured apart from some scratches.

May was extracted from the cabin with possible fractures to her arm and collarbone, and back injuries.

“The plane clipped a tree and it looked like it was going to fall so we slid her out of there,” Ingram said.

Huff returned to the north side of the lake — where the cellphone signal is stronger — to call emergency services and ferry a team of four first responders to the crash site.

Art Martin appeared to be the most seriously hurt. The pilot was trapped with his arm pinned beneath the fuselage.

“Jason and I went under the plane and lifted it with our legs, freeing his arm,” Ingram said.

Ingram said Martin appeared to have suffered a fractured arm and a piece of plexiglass was removed from his abdomen before he was pulled from the wreckage.

Summer resident Laurie Bush, a longtime friend and neighbour for the past 30 years, said Martin, believed to be in his mid-70s, has been a pilot since the early 1960s.

“He was hurt and pretty sore,” Bush commented. “But they were lucky to have missed a rock cliff just a few feet in front of the plane.”

Art Martin was taken to helicopter by ambulance, while the other two victims were transported by ambulance to Lake of the Woods District Hospital.

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