February 23, 2012 5:34 pm

Small-plane crash near Montreal likely a false alarm


LAC DES DEUX-MONTAGNES – A military aircraft was on a search mission after reports of a low-flying plane may have crashed into a lake near Montreal.

Initial reports include rumours of the aircraft being on fire and crashing into Lac des Deux-Montagnes, approximately 45 minutes northwest of Montreal.

Global News video journalist David Sedell was on scene and by 9 pm ET, there was still no confirmation of a crash.

Officials say it’s possible the aircraft regained its altitude and continued on its path.

While a distress call went out to a Trenton, Ontario airspace, no aircrafts are currently reported missing from local airports.

Search parties from the Montreal and Pointe-Calumet Fire Departments ventured onto the lake and met in the middle of the ice. Nothing was found.

While a local fisherman suggests the ice is so thick it would be unlikely a small aircraft could crash through into the water below, firefighters say that would depend on the angle of impact.

A military helicopter with infrared technology to assist in search efforts departed Trenton around 6:30pm, and arrived at the lake just before 9pm ET.

The type of aircraft and number of people on board is unknown.

Rescue workers have called off the search.

No planes have been reported missing from the region’s airports, so it may be a false alarm.

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