Small plane crashes in Manitoba; eight injured

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THOMPSON, Man. — A plane crash in the northern Manitoba community of Thompson on Tuesday evening has sent eight people to hospital.

The Transportation Safety Board says a Piper PA-31 Navajo airport operated by Keystone Air crashed just after leaving the airport.

TSB spokesman Chris Krepski says the twin-engine plane went down at about 7 p.m. about two kilometres from the airport.

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He says the two pilots and six passengers suffered various injuries but had no immediate information on the severity.

Krepski added that it was too early to speculate on what caused the crash, saying weather conditions and other factors would be part of the investigation.

He said a TSB team would leave for the scene Wednesday morning.

This is the second crash involving a Keystone Air plane in recent years.

Four people, including the pilot, were killed and a fifth was seriously injured when a Keystone Air plane hit the icy surface of a lake at a remote reserve about 400 kilometres north of Dryden, Ont., in January 2012.

The TSB later found that poor weather, ice on the wings and the pilot’s inexperience landing in icy conditions contributed to the crash.

Keystone Air, which operates eight aircraft out of its headquarters in St. Andrews, Man,. says it offers cargo, passenger, and executive transportation throughout North America.

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