Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigates fatal seaplane crash in Quebec


The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating a seaplane crash in the Mauritier region of Quebec, which killed a 63-year-old man.

State police say they were called around 3:45 pm on Sunday after witnesses reported that a seaplane had plunged into the river St. Maurice in Shawinigan, about 150 kilometers northeast of Montreal.

Rene Martell, a resident of Shawinigan, was separated from the plane and taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.

Sgt. Audrey Ann Bilodor says police searched the crash site for other passengers, but concluded that Martell was probably alone on the plane.

She says the aircraft will be removed from the water around 1 am and inspected by the Safety Commission.

The Safety Commission says it has sent a team to investigate the cause of the crash.

Canadian press