A collision between two small aircraft on Friday afternoon above the Promenades Saint-Bruno caused one dead, one seriously wounded and two others injured, people suffering from a nervous shock, according to a report provided by Emergency Health.
The two pilots were alone in their plane. One is dead, the other is seriously wounded, but no longer fears for his life.
One of the aircraft crashed on the roof of the shopping center, near Simons, and the other, in the parking lot. These are two Cessna 152s operated by Cargair.
Ambulance, police and firefighters were deployed on the premises and the shopping center was evacuated and closed because of a kerosene leak from the plane on the roof, which was clogged by the Longueuil fire department. The latter stated that the structure of the building was intact.
However, the Promenades Saint-Bruno will remain closed for an indefinite period.
A large safety perimeter has been erected and motorists are advised to avoid the area at the junction of Highway 116 and Highway 30.
The police gathered witnesses of the accident in a restaurant to collect their testimonies.
A spokesperson for the Longueuil police said the accident investigation would be conducted by their assisted services of the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) and the federal Department of Transportation.
Nevertheless, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has clearly indicated that it is conducting the investigation into this occurrence.
The president of the Cargair company, Josée Prud’homme, said in a press release that the company offered its “sympathies to all families and people affected by the event” and that it was actively collaborating in the investigation: ” We are currently focusing our efforts on supporting our employees and students who are all part of the Cargair family. We will not comment further on the circumstances surrounding the events of today. ”
The mayor of Saint-Bruno, Martin Murray, said he was alerted at around 12:40. “This is an unfortunate accident, fortuitous,” he said in a press briefing, assuring That all necessary services had been deployed.
I was leaving the Walmart. I could hear planes in the air. I watched. There was an engine that made a funny sound, “says Carole Pelchat, who witnessed the accident. “I saw them hit. There’s a wing that’s gone. After that, there was one of the planes spinning . ”
“I called 911, I explained what happened,” she continued. “She told me – since I’m a nurse – to go to the scene, maybe I’ll be able to attend before the nurses or ambulance attendants arrive. She said, “It’s next to the restaurant.”
“I came right away. The policemen were there. They told me no, to do nothing, it was too late. ”
Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, who worked at the Canadian Space Agency in this area, had the same thinking. “It’s a tragedy, but you first need to have the facts [investigation report] before you take action. ”
The leader of the Parti Québécois, Jean-François Lisée, offered his sympathies to the victim’s family. “I want to express my condolences … and we are waiting for the investigation to see what might have caused a collision like this one. This is not normal. ”