Two small planes collided mid-air over a busy Canadian shopping mall Friday, killing one pilot and injuring the other but miraculously avoiding numerous casualties, police said. "Are you listening?" the controller repeats to...
Police in in the city of Longueuil, Quebec, said each plane only had a pilot on board and that both were injured. The injured pilot was rushed to the hospital along with two witnesses who suffered from shock following the crash.
The other plane was piloted by a 21-year-old who was killed after his aircraft was struck and crashed into the parking lot of the Promenade St-Bruno.
Jonathan Vanasse, who was eating inside a mall restaurant next to the crash site, said he and several others ran outside and saw a plane, which he said was leaking fuel.
"I heard the motor so low to the ground and then a loud boom", he said.
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The name Cargair could be seen on parts of the plane in the parking lot.
Two other passersby described a similar scene: a loud noise followed by the plane spinning wildly.
Cargair is a pilot-training academy based in nearby Longueuil. The Transportation Safety Board finds the pilots of the glider and the Cessna probably didn't see each other because of blind spots and other visual problems.
Wreckage from one of the Cessnas fell into the carpark of the mall near Montreal. A report into the crash concludes the converging position of the two planes would have made it hard for either to see the oncoming aircraft until it was too late.