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Pilot slightly hurt after crash onto frozen lake

A downed plane sent the pilot to hospital Wednesday afternoon near Island Lake.

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A downed plane sent the pilot to hospital Wednesday afternoon near Island Lake.

The pilot of a small plane was treated for minor injuries after he was forced down in white-out conditions in north-eastern Manitoba.

Search crews — including vehicles, snowmobiles and a helicopter — fanned out to search for the plane after Island Lake RCMP were notified that an aircraft emergency locator transmitter had been activated in the area, just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

The commercial aircraft, a 1973 Cessna 207 operated out of Sandy Lake, Ont., was found by Mounties on snowmobile about half an hour later on Island Lake, about two miles off the winter road.

There were no passengers on the plane which had taken off from Island Lake and had only been in the air for a few minutes before crashing.

The pilot, a 26-year-old man from Red Deer, Alta., was taken to the Garden Hill Nursing Station for treatment of minor injuries.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has been notified. Authorities continue to investigate.

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