Pilot, 17, injured as plane crashes in Montreal backyard

A small single-engine plane crashed into a residential backyard in the district of Saint-Hubert,...

A small single-engine plane crashed into a residential backyard in the district of Saint-Hubert, Longueuil, on July 12, 2014. Courtesy photo

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:39 PM ET

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.

A small single-engine plane crashed into a residential backyard in the district of Saint-Hubert, Longueuil, on July 12, 2014. Courtesy photo

"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.

--With files from Maxime Landry

 


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