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Seven dead in Kingston plane crash

Wreckage of the small Piper aircraft as it’s loaded onto a trailer. Photo Courtesy of the Transportation Safety Board

By Kyle Ellington [1]

BELLEVILLE – Seven people are dead after a small plane crashed in Kingston around dinner time Wednesday, according to Kingston police.

The small Piper PA-32 [2] crashed in a wooded area while on a flight from Toronto’s Buttonville Municipal Airport to Quebec City.

Prior to the accident, the aircraft’s pilot made contact with the Kingston Flight Service Station

It appears that the aircraft intended to land there. 

Environment Canada [3] had issued a special weather statement Wednesday warning the wind was gusting at near 60 km/h. As well at the time, there was low visibility due to mist and light rain.

The Transportation Safety Board [4] of Canada released images from the scene of the accident.

Transportation Safety Board investigators arriving at the wreckage of the plane. Photo Courtesy of the Transportation Safety Board

The safety board is continuing its investigation into the events and cause of the accident, broken into four phases.

The first phase is called the field phase. During this phase investigators examine the accident site and wreckage, interview witnesses and collect other information.

The next phase is the examination and analysis phase. This is when investigators do lab tests on wreckage, determine a timeline and identifies any safety efficiencies. If any deficiencies are found prior to the release of the report, they immediately notify authorities.

The final phase is the report phase. In this phase they draft their final report to be sent to the appropriate authorities and involved parties. The parties can dispute it before the final release of the report to the public.