Pilot dies in plane crash near Ottawa

Jessica Beddaoui, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:51 PM ET

Ontario Provincial Police are confirming the lone pilot is dead following a plane crash near Calabogie, Ont., on Monday.

At 12:15 p.m., police were called to a wooded area between Calabogie and Griffith, about 80 kilometres west of Ottawa, to search for a small plane that went down for an unknown reason.

Renfrew OPP officers accessed the area on ATVs.

Goderich Municipal Airport manager Ken Bogie said the plane was leaving the Carp, Ont., airport and heading back to Goderich, Ont., in southwestern Ontario when the plane crashed 20 minutes into the trip.

Bogie confirmed the pilot was the only occupant.

The plane is owned by Timmins, Ont., lawyer and private pilot Lorenzo Girones.

According to reliable sources in the local aviation community, Girones had been taking flying instructions on the newly purchased airplane on Monday when the instructor pilot dropped him off at Carp and then set off on his own flight alone.

While Girones was safely on the ground, the instructor pilot somehow encountered difficulty and subsequently crashed.

The aircraft is described as a French-built Socata TBM700 turbo-prop, a seven-seater with room for pilot, co-pilot and five passengers. Transport Canada reports that a Socata TBM700 was imported from the United States three weeks ago.

A search of the U.S. aircraft registry confirmed the plane was exported to Canada from Columbia Aircraft Sales Inc. of Groton, Conn. The plane was new, having been built in June 2012.

A spokesperson for ORNGE said that an air ambulance that was sent to the crash site was cancelled after it was reported there were no survivors.

Members of the OPP Emergency Response Team, Renfrew OPP officers and the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre continue to investigate.

There have been a number of close calls this past year for small planes.

On June 17, an antique sightseeing biplane flipped while landing on the runway at Rockcliffe Airport. The two passengers and pilot on board the plane were able to get out before emergency crews arrived and only suffered minor injuries.

On Aug. 4, emergency crews were called to 2635 March Rd., near Diamondview Rd. in Carp after a plane that was headed to the Carp airport went down and was found nose-first 50 metres into the bush. The pilot, a 40-year-old man, was the only occupant and walked away uninjured.

On Sept. 28, a small plane crashed into a fence during takeoff at east Ottawa's Rockcliffe airport. Fire crews said the plane sustained major wing damage and the female pilot was able to free herself from the airplane without major injuries.

-- with files from Len Gillis

jessica.beddaoui@sunmedia.ca

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