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Cessna makes emergency landing

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Yesterday around 3:20 p.m., members of the Marathon/Manitouwadge OPP responded to an airplane crash east of Marathon.

Wilderness Air assisted with a helicopter and two OPP officers to locate the aircraft.

The pilot was able to communicate with officers using his cellphone and help pinpoint his location as about five km northwest of Highway 17 in a heavily-wooded area near Rouse Lake.

JRCC Trenton attended with Hercules aircraft, helicopter, and search-and-rescue technicians.

Two of them were deployed to secure and evacuate the pilot.

The pilot and only occupant, Chad Mulchand, a 32-year-old from Edmonton, Alta., was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.

The Cessna model 150L was en route to Marathon from Earlton.

The pilot said he experienced a loss of power due to running low on fuel, and had to conduct an emergency landing in a wooded area.

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