Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Plane That Crashed in Saskatchewan Left Long Wreckage Path across Ground: TSB

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Plane That Crashed in Saskatchewan Left Long Wreckage Path across Ground: TSB

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Investigation update on Saskatchewan plane crash

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FOND DU LAC, Sask. - Investigators say a passenger plane that crashed in northern Saskatchewan left a path of wreckage almost a quarter of a kilometre long through trees and across the ground.

All 25 people on board survived, some with serious injuries, when the twin-engine ATR42-320 went down close to the Fond du Lac air strip after taking off on Wednesday night.

Previous reports have said there was no explosion or fire.

The Transportation Safety Board says its team of investigators has recovered the plane's flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

West Wind Aviation has grounded its other ATR aircraft for the time being.

The board says it will continue to gather more data in the coming days and weeks and interview witnesses to determine what happened.

"Investigations are complex and we take the time needed to complete a thorough investigation," the board said in a release Friday.

"It is important not to draw conclusions or speculate as to causes at this time. …

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