Art Peters was piloting his single-engine Cessna when it crashed in a farm field on Wednesday near Boissevain. ((Western Feed Grain Development Co-op Ltd.))

A 62-year-old man killed when his single-engine plane crashed in rural Manitoba loved to fly, say friends.

Art Peters was piloting his Cessna when it slammed into a field about 5 kilometres northwest of Boissevain on Wednesday just after 2 p.m.

He was the lone occupant of the craft, according to police, who did not identify his name.

Neighbours of Peters, who farmed in Boissevain and operated West Gro Seeds Service, identified him as the victim of the crash.

Several people, along with emergency personnel, used snowmobiles to get across the field to the remote crash site but Peters was pronounced dead at the scene.

Co-workers and friends described Peters as a hard-working, wonderful man who will be missed.

He leaves behind three grown sons and wife.

'Something went very wrong.'—Ed Peters

Details of where the plane took off and where it was headed are still being confirmed, RCMP said.

However, Peters' cousin, Ed Peters, said the plane took off from the Boissevain area and was headed to Deloraine, about 40 kilometres to the west.

There was low cloud coverage at the time but Peters cleared his airstrip "and must have deemed it to be safe," said Ed Peters. "It wasn't that windy and, of course, [it] wasn't that cold either.

"So from those perspectives, I guess it was a good day to fly. But something went very wrong."

Police continue to investigate the crash with help from the Transportation Safety Board.

Boissevain is located about 250 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg, near the U.S. border.


Boissevain is about 250 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg, near the U.S. border. ((Google Maps))