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Canada : A Moroccan flight student crashes in a small plane

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A small Cessna-type aircraft has been missing in the Estrie region of Quebec since Wednesday, September 4t, says Le Journal de Montréal. The victim is a 24-year-old Moroccan-Canadian student pilot, Hind Barch, from the National Aerotechnical School of Montreal and the grand-daughter of a former governor, a family member told Yabiladi.

On Wednesday evening at around 9:30 p.m., two students from the Cargair Flight School drove to Sherbrooke Airport in their vehicles. «They were expected to arrive by 11:30 p.m., but a plane was missing», says Daniel Adams, Chief Operating Officer of Max Aviation-Cargair, quoted by the Canadian press. The pilot who arrived safely said that she lost contact with her colleague during the trip, according to Adams. 

The Cessna 172 aircraft was leaving Mirabel for Sherbrooke and disappeared from radar about 37 km northwest of Sherbrooke. «It is too early to speculate on the causes of the plane's disappearance», Captain Graeme Scott, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Public Affairs Officer, told Canadian Press. 

The two young pilots, who held their private pilot certification, already had more than 50 hours of flight time. «They needed to accumulate more day and night flying hours in order to get their professional license», Adams said. «Ground and air searches were still underway on Thursday evening», says Le Journal de Montréal.

Article modified on : 2019/09/07 01h15