Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Air collision over Montreal mall leaves 1 dead (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Air collision over Montreal mall leaves 1 dead (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Two small planes have collided in mid-air over a busy shopping mall in Canada, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other.

Thirty-five people on board the passenger plane are killed along with the Harvard pilot and one person on the ground. The injured pilot was rushed to the hospital along with two witnesses who suffered from shock following the crash.

One of the planes reportedly smashed into the roof of the Promenades Saint-Bruno shopping mall while the other crashed into the parking lot. However, only two other people were injured in the accident, which happened shortly before 1pm yesterday.

Rene Thibault said he was in another of the mall's parking lots when he heard a loud cracking sound. A report into the crash says the instructor had three chances to spot the float plane, but the position of the wing and the colour of the other plane against an overcast sky could have played a role in him missing it.

One of the planes involved in the collision belonged to Cargair, a flight and pilot training school operating in nearby Saint-Hubert, according to the CBC.

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Wreckage from one of the Cessnas fell into the carpark of the mall near Montreal.

In that 1997 crash both planes were approaching the runway to land.

Cargair said in a news release it was working with authorities and offered its sympathies to the families of the pilots.

The Transportation Safety Board's team of investigators arrived in St-Bruno at 5:30 p.m.

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