Jonathan Vanasse, who was eating inside a mall restaurant next to the crash site, said he and several others ran outside and saw a plane, which he said was leaking fuel. "There was no reason to think something like this could happen". The conditions were flawless. Although they were both from China, the pilots were fluent in English and had no difficulty communicating with ATC Adams told the Gazette. It was a storm of good weather: there was no wind, it was magnificent, the visibility was excellent.
Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board arrived on the scene Friday evening. There was reportedly one pilot in each plane, neither of which were carrying passengers. Their identities have not been made public. The 21-year-old died in the incident.
Both planes were owned by a local flight school, Cargair, and both planes were Cessna 152 aircraft. "They are very forgiving, very reliable and relatively simple to maintain".
Cargair said in a news release it was working with authorities and offered its sympathies to the families of the pilots.
Chinese students are taught in English. There was no response from the pilot, who had previously had routine contact with the tower.
The 23-year-old pilot of GPNP was more fortunate. That may have crowded the communication channels between air traffic control and the pilots.
Promenades Saint-Bruno, which closed after the accident occurred early on Friday afternoon, said it will reopen on Sunday morning.