February 14, 2012 7:02 am

Plane crash near Montreal described by police as ‘voluntary’


MONTREAL – A Cessna 150 was crashed near St. Hubert Airport about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in a deliberate act, a Longueuil police spokesperson said about 8:30 a.m.

“This looks like an intentional crash,” Constable Patrick Barrière added.

The 25-year-old male pilot, the sole occupant of the plane, perished.

Barrière, in accordance with force policy, would not comment on whether the crash was a suicide.

Julie Leroux, a spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said: “We’re not going to do a full investigation, given the circumstances.”

The plane had been inbound to the airport, just south of Montreal, after having taken off from there about 12:45 a.m.

Asked to confirm that the pilot had taken off without authorization, Leroux responded:

“I don’t have that information.”

In a news release issued at 6:10 a.m., the agency simply identified the downed plane as a Cessna 150 and said the aircraft was operated by Air Richelieu.

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