Two dead in St. Lazare plane crash
PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO
Two people are reportedly dead after the crash of an ultralight plane in an agricultural field near the corner of Montée St. Lazare and route de la Cité des Jeunes, near the St. Lazare Airport. “At approximately 12:30 this afternoon, police officers of the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges Ouest received a couple of calls saying a small aircraft had crashed in the field,” said Sûreté du Québec (SQ) spokesperson Sgt. Joyce Kemp. “When the craft hit the ground, it caught fire. The local fire department was called to the scene and was able to rapidly extinguish the flames. Unfortunately, in the craft, we know that there were at least two people, who have been pronounced dead.” The crash site is located near the end of the runway of the St. Lazare Airport but Kemp said it’s too early in the investigation to confirm if the accident occurred during takeoff or landing, or if the plane was even using that particular runway. She could not confirm the gender or ages of the victims. “There’s an investigation underway by the Sûreté du Québec and by the Transportation Safety Board,” said Kemp. As of 2:45 p.m. investigators from the Canada Transportation Safety Board were on the scene and just before 4 p.m. SQ crash scene investigators arrived at the site.
The two were later identified as 65-year-old Pierre Brassard and Ginette Cormier, 66.