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Survivors of Canada Crash Airlifted

December 11, 1997

LITTLE GRAND RAPIDS, Manitoba (AP) _ Plane crash survivors who spent the night at a nursing station in a remote northern community reached a Winnipeg hospital Wednesday after rescuers battled miserable weather.

The injured had been pulled from the wreckage Tuesday afternoon by police and volunteers who raced to the crash site on snow machines.

Four Manitobans were killed as the commuter plane tried to land at the gravel airstrip in Little Grand Rapids, an aboriginal community near the Ontario-Manitoba boundary.

They were identified as pilot Norman Richard McCrea, 62, and passengers Lorne William Sayer, 51, Susanne Evelyn Hamilton, 20, and her 3-year-old son, Alphonse.

Thirteen others were hurt, including two who were flown out Tuesday night and listed in critical condition Wednesday.

A woman and a young boy were in serious but stable condition after being taken out by helicopter as a light snow fell Wednesday. A short time later, a military plane finally broke through thick clouds and landed to take the rest of the survivors to Winnipeg.

The airplane that crashed was a Brazilian-made Embraer EMB-110 turboprop, owned by Sowind Air Ltd. of St. Andrews, Manitoba. Sowind owner Oliver Owen said the flight originated in St. Andrews and was going to Little Grand Rapids.

The cause of the crash had not been determined.

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