Canada mid-air plane collision over shopping centre kills one

Montreal

Two small planes collided over a bustling shopping mall south of Montreal, killing one person and injuring three others, said Quebec's public security minister Martin Coiteux.

Longueuil police tweeted Friday afternoon the other pilot's injuries were not life-threatening.

Two other people were taken to hospital and treated for nervous shock. One witness said she was anxious one of the planes was going to crash in front of the building's doors but it ended up on the roof instead.

Nheil Martinez, who works at the shopping centre and was outside having a cigarette when the planes collided, said: "I heard the motor so low to the ground and then a loud boom".

He saw pieces of the plane fall out of sky.

Martinez said he ran to the plane and saw a man inside, whose body was crushed.

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The mall was evacuated shortly after the crash when officers noticed kerosene from the plane leaking through the roof of the mall.

Jonathan Vanasse was eating at a restaurant next to the parking lot crash site. One of the planes had a Cargair logo on it.

He said all that was left of the aircraft was shredded metal.

CBC News wrote that the Canada Transportation Safety Board confirmed the two planes belonged to Cargair - a flight and pilot training school based in nearby Saint-Hubert.

The company released a statement saying that they're working with authorities and offered their sympathies to the families of the pilots.

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