Transportation Safety Board on scene of crash that killed Baldur man

The Transportation Safety Board is on the scene of a crash that killed a 60-year-old Manitoba man near Balder Friday.

Investigators say they're unsure how long they will be on scene

Investigators on the scene of a plane crash that killed a 60-year-old man near Baldur, Man. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

The Transportation Safety Board is on the scene of a crash that killed a 60-year-old Manitoba man near Baldur Man. Friday.

Harold Parsonage, 60, of Baldur, was flying from Gillam Friday when his small plane crashed near a private landing strip in the rural municipality of Argyle.

The plane was a Piper Aztec personal plane, confirmed a spokesperson from the TSB Sunday.

It crashed in a wooded area about half a kilometre from its landing destination, they added. 

Parsonage had been scheduled to land at about 6:30 p.m., but RCMP said contact was lost with the plane just after its scheduled arrival time. 

The wreckage of the Piper Aztec plane. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

A search was mounted and then called off Friday night, and the plane was found at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Parsonage was pronounced dead on scene. The TSB confirmed one fatality but could not provide additional information.

The TSB spokesperson couldn't say how long investigators would be on scene.

"I feel bad for their family, it's a week before Christmas — you wouldn't want that to happen to anybody," RM of Argyle Reeve Daniel Martens told CBC Saturday.

Martens described Parsonage as a local farmer who owned a field-spraying business, adding he was an avid pilot who had been flying aircraft for most of his life.

Harold Parsonage. (airgreenway.com)

Parsonage owned a company called Air Greenway. According to a bio on the website, he had seven brothers and sisters and learned to fly in Manitoba. He married his wife in 1981 and they had four children.

He recently completed his twin engine rating and was hoping to become a flight instructor.

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With files from Riley Lachuk