1 dead in plane crash near Athens, Ont.

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One man is dead and another is injured in a plane crash that occurred on Saturday near Athens, Ont – Jul 12, 2021

A plane crash that occurred over the weekend has claimed the life of one victim.

The pilot, 57-year-old Robert Kerr from the Leeds-Lansdowne area, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the passenger was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Leeds County OPP say the plane, an ultralight aircraft called a Tundra, took off from a residence before the crash occurred near Lower Leaf Oak Road in Athens Township at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

The investigation has been handed over to Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) who have now cleared the scene.

The TSB says that it is “gathering information and assessing the occurrence to determine next steps.” It confirms that two investigators were deployed on Saturday, July 10 and returned to the site on Sunday, July 11.

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Some aircraft components were removed and taken to the TSB regional office in Richmond Hill for further examination.

The TSB confirm that, “a ‘Tundra’ basic ultralight with one pilot and one passenger on board took off from a private grass strip at a private property. Shortly after, the aircraft collided with terrain in a swampy area.”

No further information has been released yet, as Transport Canada continues to investigate.

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