1 dead, 1 seriously injured as planes collide near Montreal: minister

1 dead, 1 seriously injured as planes collide near Montreal: minister

1 dead, 1 seriously injured as planes collide near Montreal: minister

Two planes collided midair above a busy Montreal-area shopping mall, resulting in the death of one pilot and serious injuries to the other.

August 4, 2006: Three people are killed when two Cessnas collide near Caledon, Ont., not far from Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

One of the planes crashed in the parking lot, while the other hit the roof. One witness said she was anxious one of the planes was going to crash in front of the building's doors but it ended up on the roof instead.

Nheil Martinez, who works inside the mall, was outside smoking a cigarette when he says he saw the shadow of a plane and heard its motor. I saw them hit and a wing came off one of the planes, which started to spiral, and the other plane crashed.

A security perimeter was set up near the shopping centre yesterday. One of the planes had a Cargair logo on it.

The CBC reported that stores in the mall have been evacuated.

Martinez said he ran to the plane and saw a man inside, whose body appeared to be crushed.

He said he and several others ran outside and saw the plane, which he said was leaking fuel.

"There was just shredded metal", he said, referring to the wreckage.

The Transportation Safety Board finds the pilots of the glider and the Cessna probably didn't see each other because of blind spots and other visual problems.

"We are concentrating our efforts to help our employees and students who are all part of the Cargair family", said Josée Prud'homme, the company's president.

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