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Algonquin Park plane crash victims identified

11/14/2014 11:43 EST | Updated 01/14/2015 05:59 EST
Ontario Provincial Police have released the names of two young men killed Tuesday night when a small plane crashed in a remote area of Algonquin Provincial Park.

Pilot Logesh Lakshmikanthan, 25, and Ravindran Arulanandar, 31, died when a Cessna 150 went down in a heavily wooded area of the massive park, about 20 kilometres south of Whitney, Ont. Both men were from North York.

At 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, the pilot had radioed the Toronto Area Control Centre to report an in-flight emergency, saying he'd become disoriented in the clouds. 

Using the plane's emergency locator beacon, the crash site was found at 4:40 a.m. the following day.

A rescue team from the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre was lowered to the site via helicopter, where the bodies of the two men were found inside the plane. Post-mortem results indicate that both men died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, according to an OPP news release.

The release says the plane had run out of fuel.

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