The Springfield Flying Club is flying it's flags at half mast Friday in remembrance of two men who died in a plane crash Wednesday night near Manitou, Man.


Tony Butt was the passenger in the plane that crashed. (Facebook)

Gilbert Bourrier, 64, and Tony Butt, 48, both from Winnipeg, were killed after they lost control of their plane and crashed into a lagoon.

Both men had been part of the Springfield Flying Club for about 12 years, but had been flying for more than 20 years.

Bourrier's truck is still parked outside his hangar at the Lyncrest Airport, just east of Winnipeg.

Members of the flying club called him a cornerstone of the club.


Gilbert Bourrier was the pilot of the plane. ((Springfield Flying Club))

He is being remembered as a person who was always ready to lend a hand and help out at the club.

Bourrier took half a year off work to direct the building of the clubhouse and was also instrumental in building the hangar in which other home built planes are assembled and finished.

Flying club members said he'll also be remembered for his involvement in the Young Eagles, a group that supports young people that want to try flying.

The plane crashed after the two men had taken an evening trip to Manitou for dinner, about 140 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.