Two men are dead following the crash of a small plane in an orchard in Rougemont on Monday.
According to the Sûreté du Québec, an emergency call was received at 11:40 a.m. to report the crash of a small ultra-light aircraft.
The plane fell into an orchard on the edge of the rang de la Montagne in the small Montérégie municipality.
SQ spokesman Stéphane Tremblay reports that firefighters intervened to remove the victims using extraction equipment.
The victims, two men, were quickly transported to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead, said the SQ.
The victims were a 51-year-old man from St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu and a 66-year-old man from Mont St-Grégoire.
The owner of the orchard says she was inside her home when the plane went down and didn’t hear anything.
However, she had been at the site with her two grandchildren just minutes before the crash.
“I was crying, even if I didn’t know them. I told myself, what if we didn’t come into the house? What if we decided to come in later to cook lunch?” said Estelle Fraser.
“It’s so sad, sad for sure. Every time I will pass by the site, it will pain me.”
It is not yet known where the aircraft took off or where it was heading.
The Sûreté du Québec and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are investigating to determine the circumstances of the crash.
— With files from Global News’ Kalina Laframboise and Gloria Henriquez
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