Two men from Winkler are dead following a plane crash near Brunkild, Man.
RCMP said officers were dispatched to a report of an overdue aircraft that left St. Andrews Airport just after 6:30 p.m and was destined for Winkler.
A search got underway involving officers, along with RCMP Search and Rescue and the Canadian Armed Forces Search and Rescue team.
The crashed Cessna 185 plane was found off of PR 305, east of Brunkild at around 1:00 a.m Friday morning.
The two men on board, a 60 year old and a 41 year old, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Global News has learned the identity of one of the victims, Art Paetkau, who is a pilot in the area and the owner of Arty’s Air Service Ltd. in Winkler.
The other victim was 41 and also from Winkler.
“He was a high-time pilot. He was the best pilot in the area,” said Ed Hoeppner who works with the Morden Flying Club and said he knew Paetkau.
The Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of investigators to the scene. Weather conditions were poor and visbility was low, according to the Mounties.
“As long as I’ve known him he was always Arty’s Air. That’s what we called him. I would have flown with him anytime… he was very experienced.”
Brunkild is about 49 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg along Highway 3.
– With files from Katie Dangerfield