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Bracebridge plane crash victims identified

Cause of the crash is under investigation
The scene of a small plane crash that closed Highway 11 South Friday evening. Photo courtesy Jason Harnett/Twitter



BRACEBRIDGE, ON - On June 2, 2017 at approximately 5:07 pm members of the Bracebridge Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received multiple calls of a plane crash that had occurred on Highway 11 Northbound south of the Highway 118 turnoff.

Officers attended the scene and located two male occupants that were deceased. Muskoka Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Bracebridge Fire Department also attended the scene to assist. The OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS) and the Emergency Response Team (ERT) utilizing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has also assisted with this investigation.

The Bracebridge OPP has remained on the scene on June 3, 2017 to assist the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) and the Office of the Chief Coroner with their investigations.

The aircraft had departed Muskoka Airport shortly before being involved in the crash. The cause is being investigated. During the investigation both northbound and southbound lanes had been closed for a period of time but have since been re-opened.

The occupants of the aircraft have been identified as Ted (Edward) Dirstein, 66-years-old of Bracebridge Ontario, and Allan Metivier, 48-years-old of Stratford Ontario.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to please call any of the following with your information:

The TSB Media Relations line at 819-994-8053


The Bracebridge OPP at (888)310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.