Small plane crashes on road in Vancouver, pilot dies

A small plane crash-landed on a busy road, hit a car and burst into flames after take-off in Vancouver, killing the pilot and injuring 10 others, authorities said Friday. Two of the 10 people hurt in Thursday's accident -- eight people on board the plane and the two people in the car -- remained in critical condition. Vancouver coroner Owen Court told AFP that the pilot, 44-year-old Luc Fortin, "was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to hospital for severe fire-related injuries" but later died. The two people in the car that was struck by the plane were treated by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Corporal Sherrdean Turley. Officials earlier had said they were seriously hurt. The Kelowna-bound flight had looped back soon after departure from Vancouver International Airport but fell 900 meters (2,950 feet) short of the runway and collided with a moving car on a road leading to the airport. Nearby pedestrians reportedly pulled the crew and passengers from the burning wreckage of the twin-propeller aircraft. "Shortly after departure, the crew advised that they were returning" to the airport, said Northern Thunderbird Air, which operated the Beechcraft King Air 100, Flight 204. The Vancouver Coastal Health authority later updated the conditions of the injured, saying two were released from hospital overnight, two remained in critical condition and four were in stable but serious condition. (c) 2011 AFP
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Date: Oct 28, 2011