Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Air plane collision over Canadian shopping mall kills one, injures multiple

Air plane collision over Canadian shopping mall kills one, injures multiple

One of the planes crashed into the roof of the Promenades Saint-Bruno mall - about 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) east of Montreal - while the other fell into the parking lot, 20 meters (65.6 feet) from one of the main entrances. News reports quoting Public Safety Minister Martin Coiteux, however, said one person had died and three others were seriously injured.

Witnesses at the scene described hearing a loud bang.

The cause of the accident, which happened in sunny, still skies over one of the largest malls in the area, was not yet known.

"I heard the motor so low to the ground and then a loud boom", he said. The centre was shut following the incident and will remain closed on Saturday.

The Transportation Safety Board is now investigating the exact cause of the crash. It is unknown however whether the pilots were in training.

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On Friday evening Isabelle Langevin of the TSB said every piece of both planes will be examined and photographed before being shipped to its lab in Ottawa.

The flight school said it is co-operating with the investigation and offering condolences to the deceased.

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"We are concentrating our efforts to help our employees and students who are all part of the Cargair family", said Josée Prud'homme, the company's president.

He was outside smoking a cigarette when he saw the plane crash.

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