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Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

One dead, three injured in two-plane collision above St-Bruno

One dead, three injured in two-plane collision above St-Bruno

Two small planes have collided in mid-air over a busy shopping mall in Canada, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other.

"Papa November Papa identify runway two-four left, wind two-four-zero-five, altimeter three-zero-two-one, turn left downwind, that would be 1,600 feet", the tower said.

Quebec Public Safety Minister Martin Coiteux offered his "sincere condolences" to family members of the victims and thanked first responders at the scene.

One of the planes has landed in the parking lot of the Promenades Saint-Bruno, while police say the other has landed on the roof.

A witness to the aftermath of a midair collision of two small planes in Quebec says he first thought it was a auto accident.

"All we know is it was a collision in the air, both planes went down", he said.

"I heard the motor so low to the ground and then a loud boom", he said.

Martinez said he ran to the plane and saw a man inside, whose body appeared to be crushed. "There's no words for this".

"I saw them hit and a wing came off one of the planes, which started to spiral, and the other plane crashed", Carol Pelchat told CBC News on Friday.

A security perimeter has been set up near the shopping center. Voutsinos said further evacuations could be forthcoming.

Both planes were owned by a local flight school, Cargair, and both planes were Cessna 152 aircraft. They will send the wreckage of the two planes back to labs in Ottawa in an effort to piece together what happened.

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