Former cabinet minister Jean Lapierre, family members killed in Quebec plane crash
Quebec police say seven passengers were aboard plane, which was privately owned.
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MONTREAL—Former federal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre was among seven people killed in a plane that crashed as it was trying to land in Quebec’s Magdalen Islands.
The TVA network, Lapierre’s employer, confirmed that the former Liberal transport minister who went on to prominence as a political analyst on television and radio, was on the plane.
A local Magdalen Islands radio station, CFIM, reported that Lapierre’s wife, his sister, his two brothers and an aunt were also killed in the crash—information that the Star could not independently confirm.
Lapierre noted on Twitter Monday that his 83-year-old father had just died after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was travelling back to the island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence for the funeral.
The Surete du Quebec confirmed Tuesday afternoon that all those on board the turbo-prop airplane died. Benoit Leblanc, a supervisor with Ambulance Leblanc, said in an interview with radio station FM93 that six of the passengers were dead by the time that paramedics arrived at the scene of the accident. A seventh person survived long enough to be transported to hospital but died from their injuries, Leblanc said.
The airplane, a Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 Turbo-prop, crashed just north of the island’s airport, the Transportation Safety Board said in a news release. The agency, which investigates all air, marine and rail accidents, has dispatched a team of investigators to the crash site.
TSB spokesperson Chris Krepski said that the team of investigators would have departed Tuesday for the crash site, but weather conditions were so bad that they were prevented from travelling until Wednesday.
Sgt. Daniel Thibaudeau, a spokesperson with the provincial police force, said that the force received a call at 11:40 a.m. local time about an airplane that had crashed during its landing approach.
Thibeaudeau said the weather conditions at the time “weren’t ideal” and included snow and strong winds, but said it would be up to police investigators and the safety board to determine the causes of the crash.