Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

One Pilot Dead, One Injured After Two Planes Crash Into Each Other

One Pilot Dead, One Injured After Two Planes Crash Into Each Other

Around 1 p.m. Friday another Cessna 152 registered to the school, call sign FGOI, was taking off from the airport.

Police set up a security perimeter around the wreckage in the mall's parking lot. One of them died, the other was seriously injured.

When the controller received no response, he repeated his warning. "Traffic ten o'clock. One mile", said the controller.

Witnesses said the accident sounded like an natural disaster at the moment of the planes' impact. The other crashed in the parking lot.

Pelchat, a nurse, went to help the 21-year-old pilot.

He suffered serious injuries, authorities said, but his life is not in danger.

The Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team of investigators from Ottawa to St-Bruno.

Another witness Jonathan Vanasse, who was eating at a restaurant next to the crash site, said he ran outside when he heard the noise and saw the shredded metal remains of the aircraft which appeared to be leaking fuel. One of the students had 40 hours on his student permit and the other was a private pilot with 140 hours working on his commercial ticket.

The flight training, which Cargair has been providing to Chinese students for more than a decade, takes about 15 months, with pilots graduating with a commercial license that requires a minimum of 200 hours of flight time. The conditions were ideal. They will also review the tower-pilot communication, as well as radar data showing the planes' flight paths. But generally everything works fine.

"Did the pilot clearly hear the communication [from the tower]?"

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