WINNIPEG – The victims of Saturday’s plane crash east of Winnipeg were a 27-year-old pilot, and a 28-year-old passenger.
RCMP will not be releasing their names. However the Royal Canadian Air Force released a statement identifying them as Capt. Bradley Ashcroft and Capt. Zachary Cloutier-Gill.
“This is a sad day for the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces. We have lost two members of our military family who served their country well. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and loved ones, whom we are working to support in the wake of this tragedy.” Said Major-General Christian Drouin,Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division and the Canadian NORAD Region.
The statement says Capt. Ashcroft served in the Canadian Armed Forces for over nine years. Capt. Cloutier-Gill served for nearly 12 years and was an Air Combat Systems Officer.
The small, single-engine plane went down Friday morning shortly before 10:00 a.m. near Deacon’s Corner and Highway 15.
The plane, a Piper PA-28, took off from Lyncrest Airport.
Springfield Fire Chief Jeff Hudson said firefighters extinguished a small blaze from the wreckage on scene.
The Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate.
Photo: Transportation Safety Board