WATCH ABOVE: Two planes collided above the Promenades Saint-Bruno shopping mall with one landing on the roof, and the other in the parking lot. Video courtesy of Viviane St-Jean.
One person is dead, another is injured and two people are in hospital to be treated for shock after two planes collided above Promenades Saint-Bruno shopping centre, according to Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux.
The identity of the pilot who died has not been released, however police did say the second pilot’ injuries are non-life-threatening.
One of the planes crashed in the parking lot, while the other ended up on the roof just before 1 p.m. Friday.
Accident entre 2 petits avions au dessus des Promenades St-Bruno. Un des appareils s'est écrasé dans le stationnement, l'autre sur le toit.— Police de Longueuil (@PoliceSPAL) March 17, 2017
The mall is in the south shore city of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, about 25 minutes from Montreal.
It has been evacuated and is now closed.
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Longueuil police have secured a perimeter around the accident site and are asking people to avoid the area.
‘A loud boom’
Nheil Martinez, who works inside the mall, was outside smoking a cigarette when he says he saw the shadow of a plane and heard its motor.
“I heard the motor so low to the ground and then a loud boom,” he said.
“Then we saw pieces of plane fall out of the sky everywhere.”
Martinez said he ran to the plane and saw a man inside, whose body was crushed.
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Jonathan Vanasse was eating inside a mall restaurant next to the crash site. He said he and several others ran outside and saw the plane, which he said was leaking fuel.
“There was just shredded metal,” he said, referring to what was left of the aircraft.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) announced it was deploying a team of investigators to the site.
The TSB said in a statement both planes were Cessna 152 aircraft operated by Cargair.
Cargair is a pilot-training academy based in nearby Longueuil.
The company did not want to comment when reached by The Canadian Press.
Witnesses are asked to meet police at the nearby Cage aux Sports at 1201 des Promenades Blvd.
Story by Rachel Lau, Global News.
— with files from Global’s Matt Grillo and The Canadian Press.