News Release

 October 01, 2008
Crowflight Announces Mill Commissioning Underway at Bucko; Intersects 8.10 Metres of 9.01% Nickel

 
CROWFLIGHT MINERALS INC. (Crowflight, the Company) (TSX Venture Exchange: CML) is pleased to provide a project update and underground diamond drilling results from its wholly-owned Bucko Lake Nickel Mine (Bucko) located in the Thompson Nickel Belt near Wabowden, Manitoba.

Bucko Project Update

Construction is close to complete at Crowflight's Bucko Lake Mine. Expectations are to ramp up production during the remainder of 2008 to declare full commercial production in early 2009. Construction status is as follows:

  • Mill commissioning has been underway since early September.

  • Ore is currently being mined and stockpiled in preparation for mill start-up.

  • The crushing plant commissioning is essentially complete and crushing of ore has commenced.

  • Significant progress has been made on piping in the mill. Remaining piping should be complete in the next few weeks.

  • The main electrical cables have been pulled in the mill and there are still some automation control cables to pull. Cable terminations and energizing of equipment should be complete in the next few weeks.

  • The interim tailings storage facility (ITSF) should be complete by mid-October.

  • To update on the status of the federal permitting process for the storage of tailings in Bucko Lake, the screening level assessment report (the federal government's technical review of the project) was supposed to be released on September 8, 2008 for public comment but due to the federal election, this has now been deferred to October 15, immediately after the federal election. Federal authorities have indicated to Crowflight that upon completion of the public review, inclusion of comments from the review, and assuming that no revisions are required, then the letter of recommendation from federal authorities to the Governor in Council (Cabinet) recommending that Cabinet amend Schedule 2 of the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations to add Bucko Lake as a Tailings Impoundment Area will be sent by early January 2009. The Schedule 2 amendment process will take eight to 12 months after the letter of recommendation has been received. The ITSF will be used until federal approval for the use of Bucko Lake is received.

  • The dry and wet commissioning of the mill will continue through October. Assuming commissioning goes as planned, Crowflight anticipates feeding ore through the plant and producing concentrate in the third or fourth week of October.
Bucko Delineation Drilling Update

Underground delineation drilling at Bucko between sections 517N and 521N has returned encouraging assay results. Hole BUD-39 intersected 8.10 metres grading 9.01% nickel including 4.11 meters of 14.07% nickel, approximately 30 metres above the main 1,000 foot level. This mineralization occurs approximately 25 metres south of hole BUD-44 which intersected a 30.17 metre wide interval grading 1.36% nickel including 6.4 metres grading 2.35% nickel. Both holes, which are associated with the second planned mining area on the 1,000 foot level that is expected to be reached in late November, confirm higher grade nickel mineralization than currently modelled. A number of the drill holes hit multiple zones of mineralization.

Highlight assays from the most recent delineation program results include:

  • Hole BUD-12 intersected 18.06 metres grading 1.43% nickel

  • Hole BUD-14 intersected 8.23 metres grading 3.08% nickel

  • Hole BUD-18 intersected 5.21 metres grading 2.12% nickel

  • Hole BUD-19 intersected 13.92 metres grading 2.65% nickel

  • Hole BUD-21 intersected 15.37metres grading 3.01% nickel

  • Hole BUD-29 intersected 11.12 metres grading 1.56% nickel

  • Hole BUD-30 intersected 9.44 metres grading 1.64% nickel

  • Hole BUD-31 intersected 9.77 metres grading 1.76% nickel

  • Hole BUD-34 intersected 9.88 metres grading 2.19% nickel

  • Hole BUD-39 intersected 8.10 metres grading 9.01% nickel

  • Hole BUD-44 intersected 6.40 metres grading 2.35% nickel and 4.37 metres grading 3.54% nickel

  • Hole BUD-50 intersected 4.79 metres grading 3.02% nickel and 3.35% metres grading 4.09% nickel

  • Hole BUD-64 intersected 9.69 metres grading 2.15% nickel

  • Hole BUD-66 intersected 8.90 metres grading 1.50% nickel
Mike Hoffman, President and CEO of Crowflight, commented "The Crowflight operating team and the various contractors on site have been working very hard to complete construction at the Bucko Mine. This will be a first class facility once complete and we are looking forward to producing concentrate shortly. The underground drill results at Bucko are very encouraging as they are confirming, or in some cases exceeding, our expectations."

Table 1 provides a complete summary of highlight assay intervals from the 61 assayed holes received to date. Figure 1 depicts a plan view of the 1,000 foot mining level illustrating the location of current and planned mining and the location of highlighted drill results.

One underground diamond drill operated by Boart Longyear is stationed on the 1,000 foot level. To date, 71 holes totalling 12,017 metres of drilling have been completed.

Table 1. Assay Results from 1,000 Foot Level Delineation Program
Drill Hole From
(m)
To
(m)
Core
Length
(m)
Core
Length
(feet)
Ni%
%
           
*BUD-1 64.42 70.00 5.58 18.31 0.98
*BUD-1 77.43 84.85 7.42 24.34 1.07
*BUD-1 92.81 99.20 6.39 20.96 1.14
           
*BUD-2 58.82 66.50 7.68 25.20 1.08
*BUD-2 71.41 75.60 4.19 13.75 1.08
*BUD-2 80.30 83.30 3.00 9.84 0.89
           
*BUD-3 61.68 65.72 4.04 13.25 0.90
*BUD-3 73.95 78.50 4.55 14.93 1.06
*BUD-3 73.95 82.64 8.69 28.51 0.91
           
*BUD-4 53.31 66.50 13.19 43.27 0.83
*BUD-4 78.50 86.00 7.50 24.61 0.87
           
*BUD-5 55.69 58.00 2.31 7.58 1.14
           
*BUD-6 78.00 79.35 1.35 4.43 1.03
           
*BUD-7 87.20 90.29 3.09 10.14 1.06
           
*BUD-8 166.88 170.33 3.45 11.32 2.17
*BUD-8 193.00 202.27 9.27 30.41 2.82
*BUD-8 204.50 207.48 2.98 9.78 0.82
           
*BUD-9 135.71 147.84 12.13 39.80 1.44
*BUD-9 172.82 177.80 4.98 16.34 1.97
*BUD-9 182.80 186.00 3.20 10.50 1.37
           
*BUD-10 134.80 141.00 6.20 20.34 1.55
           
*BUD-11 109.49 115.75 6.26 20.54 1.13
*BUD-11 126.50 133.09 6.59 21.62 1.36
           
BUD-12 96.89 101.57 4.68 15.35 2.56
BUD-12 96.89 114.95 18.06 59.25 1.43
BUD-12 122.54 130.62 8.08 26.51 1.34
BUD-12 146.73 152.41 5.68 18.64 1.18
           
BUD-13 99.84 127.50 27.66 90.75 1.64
           
BUD-14 80.27 88.50 8.23 27.00 3.08
BUD-14 100.36 112.00 11.64 38.19 1.48
BUD-14 116.50 122.48 5.98 19.62 1.51
BUD-14 135.90 139.08 3.18 10.43 1.90
           
BUD-15 81.57 88.39 6.82 22.38 0.66
           
BUD-16 82.31 87.00 4.69 15.39 0.93
BUD-16 111.18 114.83 3.65 11.98 1.66
BUD-16 120.00 123.26 3.26 10.70 1.22
           
BUD-17 79.61 85.28 5.67 18.60 1.26
BUD-17 90.50 100.00 9.50 31.17 0.99
BUD-17 120.52 124.73 4.21 13.81 1.86
           
BUD-18 84.50 88.05 3.55 11.65 1.07
BUD-18 98.50 102.00 3.50 11.48 1.14
BUD-18 122.56 127.77 5.21 17.09 2.12
           
BUD-19 94.54 110.20 15.66 51.38 1.14
BUD-19 124.56 138.48 13.92 45.67 2.65
           
BUD-20 101.27 118.77 17.50 57.41 1.25
BUD-20 133.29 138.05 4.76 15.62 1.76
           
BUD-21 112.61 121.44 8.83 28.97 0.87
BUD-21 162.22 177.59 15.37 50.43 3.01
BUD-21 186.66 198.90 12.24 40.16 1.10
           
BUD-22 113.74 117.43 3.69 12.11 0.76
BUD-22 153.11 156.84 3.73 12.24 0.71
           
BUD-23 150.00 157.91 7.91 25.95 1.11
           
BUD-24 82.05 87.00 4.95 16.24 0.83
BUD-24 113.00 118.00 5.00 16.40 1.05
BUD-24 139.00 143.50 4.50 14.76 1.15
           
BUD-25 111.71 115.56 3.85 12.63 1.13
           
BUD-26 91.00 94.04 3.04 9.97 1.43
BUD-26 96.07 105.92 9.85 32.32 0.83
           
BUD-27 83.86 101.09 17.23 56.53 0.79
BUD-27 111.20 118.57 7.37 24.18 1.27
           
BUD-28 110.00 113.00 3.00 9.84 0.85
           
BUD-29 91.06 98.30 7.24 23.75 1.21
BUD-29 105.45 116.57 11.12 36.48 1.56
BUD-29 123.92 128.67 4.75 15.58 0.97
           
BUD-30 71.76 75.00 3.24 10.63 1.28
BUD-30 92.34 107.00 14.66 48.10 1.20
BUD-30 110.19 119.63 9.44 30.97 1.64
BUD-30 132.87 136.50 3.63 11.91 1.58
           
BUD-31 73.95 76.98 3.03 9.94 1.36
BUD-31 89.24 93.35 4.11 13.48 1.48
BUD-31 110.85 115.18 4.33 14.21 1.32
BUD-31 149.81 153.48 3.67 12.04 1.29
incl. 135.61 145.38 9.77 32.05 1.76
           
BUD-32 136.65 140.62 3.97 13.02 2.40
BUD-32 160.00 164.80 4.80 15.75 1.11
BUD-32 170.00 178.36 8.36 27.43 1.47
           
BUD-33 106.15 110.18 4.03 13.22 0.89
BUD-33 128.03 131.33 3.30 10.83 1.15
BUD-33 138.93 146.50 7.57 24.84 1.17
BUD-33 152.58 157.71 5.13 16.83 1.75
           
BUD-34 140.23 150.11 9.88 32.41 2.19
BUD-34 153.74 158.75 5.01 16.44 1.17
           
BUD-35 110.04 117.80 7.76 25.46 1.01
BUD-35 135.00 146.95 11.95 39.21 1.84
           
BUD-36 85.56 88.87 3.31 10.86 1.01
BUD-36 104.24 108.30 4.06 13.32 0.90
BUD-36 133.50 137.20 3.70 12.14 1.12
           
BUD-37 80.46 84.65 4.19 13.75 0.90
BUD-37 102.32 108.29 5.97 19.59 1.47
BUD-37 123.05 129.68 6.63 21.75 0.97
           
BUD-39 108.30 116.40 8.10 26.57 9.01
Incl.  109.56 113.67 4.11 13.48 14.07
           
BUD-44 100.47 130.64 30.17 98.98 1.36
incl. 124.24 130.64 6.40 21.00 2.35
BUD-44 142.00 145.47 3.47 11.38 0.98
BUD-44 159.26 163.63 4.37 14.34 3.54
           
BUD-46 122.22 125.35 3.13 10.27 2.44
           
*BUD-47 101.51 108.11 6.60 21.65 2.08
           
BUD-48 89.56 93.00 3.44 11.29 2.16
BUD-48 96.73 101.43 4.70 15.42 1.24
BUD-48 123.07 126.10 3.03 9.94 4.88
           
BUD-49 82.28 85.32 3.04 9.97 2.22
BUD-49 102.00 105.33 3.33 10.93 1.47
           
BUD-50 73.00 76.35 3.35 10.99 4.09
BUD-50 79.00 82.50 3.50 11.48 1.09
BUD-50 100.21 105.00 4.79 15.72 3.02
           
BUD-51 67.74 74.06 6.32 20.73 0.97
           
BUD-52 64.00 70.32 6.32 20.73 1.35
           
BUD-53 63.32 76.14 12.82 42.06 1.43
           
BUD-54 67.38 75.00 7.62 25.00 1.11
           
BUD-55 141.00 144.69 3.69 12.11 0.73
           
BUD-56 131.51 139.13 7.62 25.00 0.98
BUD-56 155.00 158.44 3.44 11.29 1.25
           
BUD-57 115.39 120.63 5.24 17.19 1.20
           
BUD-58 127.50 130.90 3.40 11.15 1.01
           
BUD-59 97.53 101.38 3.85 12.63 1.87
           
BUD-60 81.00 84.04 3.04 9.97 0.73
           
BUD-61 73.44 76.74 3.30 10.83 1.14
           
BUD-62 69.64 74.83 5.19 17.03 0.73
BUD-62 99.04 104.00 4.96 16.27 0.76
           
BUD-63 67.87 71.52 3.65 11.98 1.97
           
BUD-64 63.77 73.46 9.69 31.79 2.15
           
BUD-65 66.27 70.74 4.47 14.67 1.06
           
BUD-66 71.51 80.41 8.90 29.20 1.50
           

*Previously announced results-see press release dated June 25, 2008 for further information.
Intersection intervals reported are core lengths; actual true widths range between 80% and 100% of core length.


Qualified Person/Quality Control Procedures

This press release has been prepared and reviewed by Mr. Greg Collins, P.Geo (APGO/APEGM) and VP Exploration of Crowflight and Mr. Paul Keller, P. Eng. and COO of Crowflight, both of whom are Qualified Persons under the National Instrument 43-101 guidelines. All assays were performed at the ALS-Chemex laboratory in Vancouver and undergo an ICP-AES finish and Sodium Peroxide Fusion. Standards and blanks are submitted with each sample batch.

Crowflight Minerals - Canada's Next Nickel Producer

Crowflight Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: CML) is a Canadian junior mining company that is developing the Bucko Lake Nickel Mine near Wabowden, Manitoba. Full commercial production is expected to be achieved at Bucko in early 2009. The Company is also focused on nickel, copper and Platinum Group Mineral (PGM) projects in the Thompson Nickel Belt and Sudbury Basin.

Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Information

Except for statements of historical fact contained herein, the information in this press release constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities law. Such forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "plans", "proposes", "estimates", "intends", "expects", "believes", "may", "will" and include without limitation, statements regarding estimated capital and operating costs, expected production timeline, benefits of updated development plans, foreign exchange assumptions and regulatory approvals. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and future events could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, among others, metal prices, competition, risks inherent in the mining industry, and regulatory risks. Most of these factors are outside the control of the Company. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking information. Except as otherwise required by applicable securities statutes or regulation, the Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Further information is available on the Company's website at www.crowflight.com or contact:

Mike Hoffman
President and CEO
Crowflight Minerals
Tel: (416) 861-2964

Heather Colpitts
Manager, Investor and Public Relations
Crowflight Minerals
Tel: (416) 861-5803
info@crowflight.com


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