No changes needed at St-Hubert airport: safety expert

It's still isn't known what led to the crash of a small airplane in St-Hubert on Saturday that injured its 17 year old pilot.

But some aviation safety experts are downplaying the risk posed by the flight training schools to residents living nearby.

Montreal based aviation security consultant Edward McKeogh says he doesn't see why anything should change at St-Hubert airport.

It has a long crash-free history and the rules in place are more than adequate.

But if residents really are nervous, he thinks other small airports nearby could accomodate some of the clubs flying out of St-Hubert.

"St-Jean isn't  that far away, maybe they should start relocating the clubs there," he says. "There's another one on the Richelieu river near Chambly, that's not that far away. Or maybe we'll finally find a use for Mirabel. Send all the aeroclubs up there!"

McKew says he doesn't want to speculate, but thinks the crash could have been caused by anything from engine failure to fuel mismanagement.

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