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Witnesses rushed to aid Cloquet residents after plane crash in Ontario

Details have emerged in a dramatic rescue following a small-plane crash in Canada with three Minnesotans aboard.

Witnesses who rushed to the scene of a small plane crash in northwestern Ontario earlier this week are credited with helping save the lives of three Northland residents aboard the aircraft, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Canadian media outlets, citing friends and neighbors, identified the three Cloquet residents aboard the Cessna 180 float plane as Art Martin, 78; his son, Jeff Martin, 44; and Linda Way, 62.

Kelly Huff, a Winnipeg man who owns a cottage on Trout Lake, heard the plane take off, followed by the sound of the engine dying and then the aircraft crashing into the bush, the CBC, the largest news broadcaster in Canada, reports..

Huff said he and his neighbors jumped into their boats and rushed to the crash site.

“We could hear someone yelling for help. We crashed through the bush, up a hill, and found the plane,” he told CBC News. The three were alive but two were in very bad shape, he said.

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April 20, 2014