Two of the seven survivors of a fatal plane crash on the weekend in northern Manitoba are miners from Quebec, CBC News has learned from a family member of one of the passengers, who recalled harrowing memories of the tragedy.
Mikael Guenard, who is from Val-d'Or, and Guillaume Roby, who is from Malartic, were on a plane carrying eight men when it crashed Sunday near Snow Lake, 700 kilometres north of Winnipeg. The pilot, 40-year-old Mark Gogal of Snow Lake, was the only person aboard who died.
All seven passengers work for mining company Dumas Holdings.
Guenard and Roby are in hospital in Winnipeg and reported to be in stable condition.
Guenard's stepbrother, Bob Martial, said he spoke on the phone with Guenard, who is devastated by the crash.
“He don’t feel good. He always remember the image, and the flash and the airplane crash with everybody screaming,” Martial said.
Guenard, whose back was hurt, managed to help one of his friends out of the airplane, "and after, he curled down outside of the airplane,” Martial said, adding Guenard doesn't know what caused the crash.
Martial said Guenard is 25, but he didn't know Roby's age.
Three other survivors are also in Winnipeg hospitals, and two are being treated in The Pas and Flin Flon.
All seven were initially taken to hospital with serious injuries, but their conditions have since been upgraded to stable.
The Cessna 208 aircraft, also known as a Caravan, went down at about 10 a.m. CT Sunday in a densely wooded area about two kilometres from the Snow Lake airport east of the town.
The plane was operated by Gogal Air Service, which is owned by pilot Gogal's father. It had just taken off and was headed to Winnipeg when it crashed, RCMP said.
The federal Transportation Safety Board is investigating.