Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cessna A150L Aerobat, C-FFIW, Montreal Flying Club Inc: Accident occurred July 12, 2014 near Montréal/Saint-Hubert Airport (CYHU), Longueuil, Quebec, Canada

There is a report this morning that the young pilot of a Cessna A150L Aerobat plane that crashed into a backyard on the South Shore on the weekend is an Air Cadet from Ontario. 
The Journal de Montreal says the 17-year old is one of 55 members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets undergoing flight training through a private aviation school based at St. Hubert Airport.

The school says the teen had 12 hours of flight time with an instructor on board before she was permitted to solo.

She was released from hospital yesterday and will be questioned by aviation investigators about the crash.

 St-Hubert plane crash an accident waiting to happen, residents say

Residents of a St-Hubert neighborhood where a Cessna A150L Aerobat  plane crashed on Saturday say they fully expected for an accident to happen one day.

“We told the mayor at each [town hall] meeting that there would be an accident, and it finally happened,” said Denise Duguay, a resident on Jean-Baptiste-Charron Street, where the plane crashed.

A 17-year-old pilot had been flying the plane when she crashed into a backyard, narrowly avoiding a house and power lines.

Duguay, who has lived on the street for 30 years, said she accepts that there is an airport nearby, but said there needs to be a little more respect for the people living in the nearby residential areas.

Four flight schools operate a total of 52 planes out of the St-Hubert airport. Duguay, who is a member of a local anti-noise committee, said sometimes there is loud noise as early as 5 a.m. and as late as midnight or 1 a.m.

She also said the planes fly too close to their homes for comfort.

The city of Longueuil announced last March that it would help curb noise by buying silencers for the flight schools’ planes.

However, Duguay said that’s not enough — she wanted to see the flight schools move to either the Mirabel or Beloeil airport.

17-year-old pilot flying solo

Neither Caroline Paré nor her two daughters were home at the time of the crash, but Paré said she was very uncomfortable and scared by the news.

“It could happen at my place. We were very upset,” she said.

She was surprised to learn the pilot is only 17 years old and that she was flying by herself.

She said she thought pilots had to be at least 18 years old to fly a plane solo. In Canada, student pilots as of the age of 14 can fly solo with a learners' permit.

The pilot sustained minor injuries and no one else was hurt.

The Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash on Monday.

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Denise Duguay has been complaining about the noise overhead from planes operating out of the St-Hubert airport for years. She said sometimes the noise starts as early as 5 a.m. and goes until at least midnight. 

A small plane crashed into the backyard of a home in a suburban neighborhood of Montreal Saturday afternoon.

Fire officials said the plane, a Cessna 150, crashed into a gazebo in the backyard of a home in Saint Hubert, a neighbourhood of Longueuil, Que.

The pilot, the plane’s sole occupant, was taken to hospital with minor injuries, said Jean-Guy Ranger, a spokesperson for the Longueuil fire department.

A neighbour on scene told CTV Montreal that he was sitting on his deck when he heard an airplane noise that was “very, very close.”

Yvon Chateauneuf said he looked up to see the plane flying very low.

“That engine was revving way too slow, and then when I look up at the plane, I thought, ‘this thing’s going to crash,’” Chateauneuf said.

When the plane landed on his neighbor’s backyard, Chateauneuf rushed over and tried to help the pilot, who was conscious but bleeding heavily, Chateauneuf said.

“She had a cut on her forehead about three or four inches,” he said, adding the pilot appearing to be wearing a flight school uniform.

When fire crews arrived they doused the plane in foam to ensure it didn’t catch on fire.

Chateauneuf said the pilot was “very lucky” in that she didn’t hit a tree or power lines.

“She fell at the best place it could happen,” he said.

The single-engine plane is registered to the Montreal Flying Club in Saint Hubert.

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Pilot, 17, injured as plane crashes in Montreal backyard  

A novice pilot crashed a small plane into the backyard of a home on Montreal's south shore on Saturday afternoon. The 17-year-old girl, who was flying alone, was the only person injured.

The teen, who was taking flying lessons, had just taken off from St. Hubert airport when she crashed, several hundred metres from the end of the airport runway in the neighbourhood of Longueuil, Que.

"The plane fell in my backyard," said Raoul St. resident Jack Hechavaria, who spoke with QMI Agency. "I helped get her out of the plane. She was conscious."

"She told me that she was taking her pilot lessons," said Hechavaria. "She was scared and didn't want her parents to know."

It is unknown whether the plane crash was due to technical malfunctions or pilot error. The girl was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Her condition was not immediately known.

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Small plane crashes in St-Hubert backyard

LONGUEUIL, Que. – A young woman pilot who had a rough landing in the backyard of a house near Montreal today escaped with minor injuries.

First responders on the scene say the plane managed to avoid hydroelectric wires and the house before crashing in the backyard.

Jean-Guy Ranger, a spokesman for the Longueuil fire department, says the single-engine Cessna hit a gazebo and a spa in the backyard of the home, which is located in a residential area of the St-Hubert district of Longueuil.

Ranger says the pilot, who was alone in the aircraft, was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The plane went down not far from nearby St-Hubert airport, where there are several flying schools.

Police, firefighters and ambulances responded to the scene.

The pilot was waiting for them when they arrived.

“The young pilot had already gotten out of the plane with minor injuries,” Ranger said. “She was transported to hospital and we do not fear for her life.”

Nobody else received any injuries in the incident late Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters used foam as a precaution to prevent any blaze from fuel that leaked from the damaged plane.

No cause for the Saturday crash has been determined.

Officials from the Transportation Safety Board were to conduct an investigation into the crash, Ranger said.

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