Canadian woman, 27, is killed in freak accident after being struck by small airplane while she was cutting grass with a ride-on lawnmower at an airfield
- The woman, who was not identified, was an employee of the company that maintained the airfield
- After she was struck by the plane Monday she was taken to a hospital where she subsequently died
- The plane was a single-engine Nanchang CJ-6, a Chinese-built training plane
- The pilot was not injured, but was taken to a hospital in shock
- Weather was favorable that day, with high visibility air safety authorities said
- Authorities say it could take weeks or months to find out what actually happened
A woman mowing the grass at an airfield in Canada was killed in a freak accident Monday afternoon when a plane struck her as it was coming in for a landing.
The 27-year-old woman, who was not identified, was driving a ride-on mower at 12.50 pm, authorities said, near the runway at the Saint-Esprit airfield, just 35 miles north of Montreal where the incident occurred.
‘What we can understand is that the woman was on a tractor mowing the lawn and when the plane did its descent to land on the airstrip the airplane hit the woman,’ Marc Tessier a spokesman for the Quebec municipal police told CNN.
The woman worked for a company that maintained the airfield, and was taken to a hospital after the accident where she subsequently died.
The pilot was uninjured, but was also taken to a hospital in shock.
‘When you hear about someone struck by lightning, it’s overwhelming, but by a landing airplane?’ Pierre Remialle a resident who lives nearby the airfield told CTV. ‘Never heard anything like that before.’
The plane is a Chinese-built Nanchang CJ-6, and damage could be seen on its wing where it struck the woman. It was a private plane, Tessier said, and the owner was its pilot.
A Chinese-made Nanchang CJ-6, similar to the one that struck and killed a 27-year-old woman who was mowing the grass at an airfield in Canada Monday as it came in for a landing
The accident took place at the Saint-Esprit airfield (pictured) just 35 miles north of Montreal
The woman worked for a company that maintains the airfield, and was using a ride-on mower when she was struck
Visibility at the time of the accident was high, according to Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), and the weather ‘was appropriate for visual flight rules flying,’ TSB spokesman Christ Krepski told CNN.
It could, however, take weeks or months for investigators to find out what truly happened.
‘We’re going to have a look at what happened so we’re here today to gather information to understand the event,’ Transportation safety board investigator Simon St-Pierre told CTV. ‘It’s way to early to have any conclusion so we’re going to have time to have time to gather everything and analyze what happened.’
According to the agency, out of 170 air transportation accidents were reported to the TSB in 2020, 114 involved private aircraft. Additionally 16 people died in accidents involving aircraft in Canada last year.