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3 Itasca County Residents Killed in Canadian Plane Crash

Updated: 08/09/2014 1:48 PM
Created: 08/09/2014 12:43 PM WDIO.com

Three Itasca County residents were killed in a plane crash on Friday.

The Ontario Provincial Police says they are investigating the crash just south of Kenora on Chappie Lake. They were called to the crash at 4:45 p.m. after receiving a signal from an Emergency Locater Transmitter. 

Search and rescue squads were on the scene shortly after 4:00 p.m. and located the crashed Cessna 182. Two of the passengers were found dead and a third was seriously injured. Police say the third victim died from her injuries. 

Canadian authorities identified the victims as 41-year-old Nickolas Ivar Rajala of Cohasset, 40-year-old Teresa Nicola Rajala of Cohasset, and 37-year-old Lynn Marie Bohanan of Grand Rapids. 

The three were staying at an area lodge and were fishing on Chappie Lake for the day. 

Details leading up to and the cause of the crash are not available at this time, according to the Itasca County Sheriff's Office. The Canadian Transportation Safety Board is conducting the investigation.

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