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Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Pilot killed as aircraft collide over shops

Pilot killed as aircraft collide over shops

One of the planes ended up in Promenades Saint-Bruno's parking lot, the other on the mall's roof.

The flights originated from St-Hubert Airport and the students, among about 150 the school trains annually for Chinese airlines, did all the normal flight planning before their flights. One witness said she was anxious one of the planes would was going to crash in front of the building's doors but it ended up on the roof instead.

Police said it was a miracle no-one else was seriously hurt.

On Friday, "there was no reason to think something like this could happen".

One of the pilots, a 21-year-old man, was killed.

Adams also suggested that the flawless flying conditions on Friday meant there was likely a lot of air traffic around the airport.

Investigators from the transportation safety board examined the wreckage Friday afternoon to begin their work of piecing together what happened.

The injured pilot was taken to the hospital, and is expected to survive. The dead pilot was in the aircraft that was taking off, according to the Gazette.

The two planes were Cessna 152 aircraft belonging to the nearby Cargair flight school.

Cargair said in a news release it was working with authorities and offered its sympathies to the families of the pilots. The 23-year-old already had his pilot's licence and 140 hours of flying experience. They will also review the tower-pilot communication, as well as radar data showing the planes' flight paths. The company, founded in 1961, has 130 employees and owns 60 planes used for training.

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