Man in hospital following eastern Ont. plane crash

Fire department investigators look at the wreckage of a passenger plane after it crashed on Hwy. 33...

Fire department investigators look at the wreckage of a passenger plane after it crashed on Hwy. 33 near Carrying Place, Ont., on Sunday evening. (Ernst Kuglin/QMI Agency)

Ernst Kuglin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

QUINTE WEST, Ont. — One person is recovering in hospital after a plane crashed on a rural stretch of highway in eastern Ontario Sunday evening.

The passenger plane was heading east when it nosedived on Hwy. 33 near Carrying Place, located 175 km east of Toronto.

There are unconfirmed reports the pilot had attempted to avoid a crash landing in the Bay of Quinte directly to the south, and instead aimed for a section of the road. The aircraft clipped several trees and then hit powers lines before landing nose down on the highway.


OPP investigators look at the wreckage of a passenger plane after it crashed on Hwy. 33 near Carrying Place, Ont., on Sunday evening. (Ernst Kuglin/QMI Agency)

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The pilot, a man believed to be in his 30s, was taken to Trenton Memorial Hospital with neck and back injuries. The name of the pilot has not been released.

The front engine compartment, wings and tail of the plane were demolished in the crash.

Quinte West Fire Chief John Whelan said the man is “lucky.”

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

ernst.kuglin@sunmedia.ca


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