One dead, 8 injured in Manitoba plane crash

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WINNIPEG -- It took rescuers more than an hour to reach the scene of a fatal plane crash in Snow Lake, Man.

A passenger had called 911 at 10 a.m., saying several people were seriously injured in the crash.

One person has died and eight others were injured.

Emergency crews reached the scene of the crash, in the bush about 10 km east of Snow Lake, around noon.

A Canadian Forces search and rescue Hercules was dispatched to the scene but it could only provide limited assistance.

Weather in the area has created a low ceiling, preventing airplanes from landing.

Fog patches are still dissipating and there's also been light snow on and off in the area.

The remoteness of the area means vehicles are having difficulty driving in to the crash scene.

Efforts continue to get the injured to medical facilities.

Gogol Air Service is the town's lone airline. Phone calls to their Snow Lake office are met with immediate hang-ups.

In 2008, one of Gogal's Norseman planes crashed in the bush north of town. The Transportation Safety Board said that the crash was due to a mechanical failure and the airline was not at fault.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is flying in a crew to investigate.

Spokesman Chris Krepski said at least one TSB staffer will be departing soon and it's too early to tell if weather conditions will affect the investigator's arrival time.

The community of 800 people is located about 700 km northwest of Winnipeg.

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