August 10, 2014 2:53 pm

Northwestern Ontario plane crash not caused by mechanical malfunction: TSB

The O.P.P. along with the Transportation Safety Board are investigating a fatal plane crash just south of Kenora, Ont.

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KENORA, Ont. – The Transportation Safety Board says a plane crash that killed three Americans in northwestern Ontario was not caused by a mechanical malfunction.

Spokesman John Cottreau says it appears the plane crashed on Chappie Lake, near Kenora, during a landing attempt.

Search and rescue members found the downed Cessna 182 at about 5 p.m. Friday.

Police arrived at the scene after receiving an emergency locator signal from Chappie Lake.

The victims have been identified as 41-year-old Nikolas Rajala, 40-year-old Teresa Rajala, and 36-year-old Lynn Bohanon, all of Grand Rapids, Minn.

Police say the three were staying at a fishing lodge in the area, and were on a fishing trip when the crash happened.

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