Planes collide over Canada shopping mall, kills one

"No one was panicking, but people started crying a few minutes later, when they realized a plane had fallen from the sky".

Both were Cessnas from a flight school nearby.

One of the planes crashed into the roof of the mall, on the outskirts of the city of Montreal.

A witness to the aftermath of a midair collision of two small planes in Quebec says he first thought it was a vehicle accident.

The company's staff is dealing with the aftermath of such an incident, Prud'homme said. "There was no reason to think something like this could happen".

Adams also suggested that the ideal flying conditions on Friday meant there was likely a lot of air traffic around the airport. It was a storm of good weather: there was no wind, it was magnificent, the visibility was excellent.

The Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team of investigators from Ottawa to St-Bruno. "Zero risk doesn't exist but we do everything we can every day to attenuate that risk".

The aircraft carried only one pilot each, and no passengers.

Police said each plane only had a pilot on board, both of whom were injured in Friday's crash.

Friday was a sunny day but Adams said he does not think the sun played a role in the collision. The name Cargair could be seen on parts of the plane in the parking lot. Their identities have not been made public.

One of the pilots, a 21-year-old man, was killed.

The injured pilot was taken to the hospital, and is expected to survive. "They are very forgiving, very reliable and relatively simple to maintain".

Cargair trains over 200 pilots a year, with around 140 of those students coming from China.

Chinese students are taught in English.

The 23-year-old pilot of GPNP was more fortunate.

Promenades Saint-Bruno, which closed after the accident occurred early on Friday afternoon, said it will reopen on Sunday morning.

  • Elsie Buchanan