MONTREAL – The 35-year-old pilot of a two-seater ultralight plane – found unconscious by rescuers perhaps an hour after it crashed in thick woods east of Sherbrooke late Saturday afternoon – was declared dead later in hospital, Sgt. Geneviève Bruneau of the Sûreté du Québec said Sunday morning.
The name of the man, who Bruneau said had been a resident of nearby Bury, was not immediately available, she added.
The Eastern Townships crash site is some 225 kilometres east of Montreal.
A 29-year-old man who survived the crash suffered relatively minor injuries.
The survivor walked about one kilometre from the crash site to Highway 214, also known as Victoria Rd., and flagged down a passing motorist near Long Swamp Rd., who alerted police at 6:35 p.m., Bruneau said.
"The SQ was on site (of the crash) by 7 p.m. and conducted life-saving measures on the pilot," Bruneau added.
"Unfortunately, he didn't survive."
SQ investigators are handling the on-site probe, Bruneau said.
Aircraft crashes are usually investigated by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
"The TSB is aware of the accident but we are not deploying to the accident site," TSB spokesperson Julie Leroux said via email.
Cellular-phone coverage in the region is spotty at best, Bruneau noted.
She said she couldn't provide such preliminary details as whether mechanical problems or weather may already have emerged as possible factors.