Quebec Plane Crash
Published: August 25, 2015
Quebec Plane Crash, The Foreign Office is looking into reports that four Britons are among six people who died in a light aircraft crash in Canada at the weekend.
The De Havilland Beaver seaplane, operated by Air Saguenay, took off from Tadoussac, situated 93 miles (150km) northeast of Quebec City, on a routine sightseeing tour that was supposed to last 20 minutes.
A De Havilland Beaver plane pictured on the airline’s website
It went down in a heavily-wooded area four miles (6km) north of Les Bergonnes on Sunday, killing five passengers and the pilot, who is not thought to have made a distress call.
Although those on board have not been officially identified, CBC News is reporting the pilot’s name as Romain Desrosiers, and that 28-year-old Emilie Delaitre from France was one of the passengers.
The remote location of the crash, which was not accessible by road, meant rescue teams took 24 hours to reach the scene, with some troops from the Canadian Armed Forces parachuting in to look for survivors.
Pierre Gavillet, an air branch investigator, told CBC News that the plane crashed into a rocky mountain.
“What we noticed at first sight is that there is not a horizontal trajectory that entered the trees,” he said.
“We have trees that are intact and we have a plane that is on the ground that crashed vertically, between the trees.
“There was a post-impact fire. There was a fire in the cabin area.”
Air Saguenay Vice President Jean Tremblay said the pilot was highly experienced with more than 6,000 hours of flying experience over 14 years with the airline.
“It was perfect conditions,” he told reporters.
“At first glance the weather conditions are not at all the cause, that is clear. It’s not going so well. This is not a good day for us. It’s very difficult for the Air Saguenay team.”
The airline offers sight-seeing, hunting and fishing trips in Quebec’s Saguenay Ford and another of its aircraft crashed into a mountain in bad weather in 2010, killing four people.
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