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Probe says plane that crashed off Pelee Island was overloaded

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The single-engine Cessna that crashed off of Pelee Island into ice-covered Lake Erie on Jan. 17 killing all 10 people aboard was carrying too much weight, officials said Tuesday at a press briefing in Kingsville, Ontario.

Officials with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada say the investigation is not complete and they do not know when a final report will be issued.

"Ice is one of the contributing factors we're still looking at," said John Cottreau, a safety board spokesman.

Eight men from southern Ontario had flown to Pelee Island to hunt for rabbit and pheasant and were returning to Windsor when the plane crashed soon after takeoff in freezing rain. The pilot, his female friend and two hunting dogs were also aboard.  more...

 



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