One person is dead, another is injured and two people are in hospital to be treated for shock after two planes collided above Promenades Saint-Bruno shopping centre, according to Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux.
One plane fell on the roof of the shopping mall after the planes collided in the sky. The other crashed in the parking lot.
Police evacuated the shopping mall and cordoned off a large area around it, as they examined the debris.
One of the pilots, a 21-year-old man, was killed. The other, a 23-year-old man, was seriously injured.
Two witnesses were treated for shock.
Both Cessna 152 planes belonged to a flight school based at a small airport.
The flight school released a short statement, expressing its sympathies to people affected by the crash.
Investigators from the transportation safety board examined the wreckage Friday afternoon to begin their work of piecing together what happened.
There were clear skies in that area today and it’s a popular flight path, so many are wondering what went wrong.
“It is not unusual for having flights in that area. So what is unusual is to have two flights at the same location, at the same altitude, getting into a mid-air collision, that is very unusual,” aviation expert Michel C. Doré said.
Police are still looking for additional witnesses, in hopes of learning more about what happened, from the people who saw the crash up close.
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