A 27-year-old woman from St-Esprit, Quebec has been killed after being struck by a plane while mowing the grass of the airport. The woman was killed by a small single-engine Nanchang CJ-6, a Chinese-built training plane while the weather was clear with high visibility according to authorities.
"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 provincial police told CNN. The woman was taken to the hospital after the incident where she subsequently died. The pilot was also taken to hospital after encountering a state of 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." Damage could be seen on the wing of the plane that killed the woman. The owner of the plane was also the pilot according to the Daily Mail.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said visibility was high and the weather "was appropriate for visual flight rules flying," TSB spokesman Christ Krepski told CNN.
"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 too early to have any conclusion so we're going to have time to have time to gather everything and analyze what happened."