Safety board investigating Longueuil plane crash

An investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada says there is no immediately apparent cause of the crash in Longueuil last weekend of a small plane piloted by a 17-year-old student.

According to investigator Marc Perreault, everything was proceeding normally prior to the crash Saturday afternoon.

The student was practicing her solo flights under the close supervision of an instructor.

The plane she was piloting, a Cessna 150, is described as very reliable.

Perreault says there is no reason why residents living near the St-Hubert airport should be concerned

"I've been investigating for the past 25 years, and I haven't gone through all of the statistics, but this to my knowledge in the second time a crash has happened at St-Hubert," he says.

He adds that the plane is considered the international training standard, and that she was qualified to fly solo.

"Most the student pilots will conduct solo flights between 10 and 15 hours [of flight time], so there was nothing abnormal about this," he says.

Perreault has so far collected communications and radar data as well as maintenance records on the plane and the pilot's personnel file.

Several interviews have also been conducted. 

But he would not put a timeline on the investigation, saying it will take as long as necessary.

The pilot, who was not seriously injured in the crash, has been identified by the Journal de Montreal as 17 year old Ottawa resident Danlei Chen.


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  1. Karen posted on 07/15/2014 06:45 PM
    that is 10-15 hours of flight time. That does not include the ground school all Cadets receive prior to sitting in a plane. Training is very rigorous. The training is not as simple as people think it is. They join at 12 and cannot sit in a plane til at least 14. Google the book From the Ground Up....that's the bible and they have to pass a test b/4 they can go further. Just saying....they didn't sit a 17 year old in a plane and said go. She was ready!
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