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Snow Lake plane crash rescuers honoured

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger paid tribute today to those who came to the aid of eight people whose plane crashed near Snow Lake, Man., almost one year ago.
Investigators from the federal Transportation Safety Board took this photograph from the scene of a plane crash in Snow Lake, Man., in November 2012. (Transportation Safety Board)

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger paid tribute today to those who came to the aid of eight people whose plane crashed near Snow Lake, Man., almost one year ago.

Pilot Mark Gogal was killed and seven passengers were injured when the plane went down in a densely wooded area shortly after takeoff from the Snow Lake airport on Nov. 18, 2012.

During a trip to northern Manitoba on Tuesday, Selinger presented a certificate to the Town of Snow Lake, honouring the bravery and courage of volunteers who helped out at the crash site.

He recognized the volunteers who moved the victims from the crash site and cleared a path. He also acknowledged the local emergency personnel and health centre staff.

Selinger also extended his "deepest, heart-felt sympathy" to Gogal's family.

"I hope the courage of the people of Snow Lake that day in saving the lives of the passengers serves as some comfort to the family and that this certificate will serve as a lasting reminder of the appreciation we all have to those who jumped into action to help," he stated in a news release.

The Cessna 208 was operated by Gogal Air Service, which was owned by the pilot's father.

The passengers were employees of Dumas Holdings, a mining company that has been operating in the area.

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