A pilot from the Canadian Forces jet streamer whose plane exploded on a snowy highway outside of Winnipeg is being treated for a serious heart condition.
The crash happened Friday afternoon near the town of Portage la Prairie in Manitoba.
Air Marshal John Pecan said a fuel leak on the plane had to be checked out and it was likely that a valve was broken.
“This was an extremely significant incident,” he said.
“There was a leak that had to have been checked out.
It was a significant issue.”
Pecans plane crashed near Portage La Prairie on Friday afternoon, near the township of Portages, in the northern Manitoba province.
(Nathan Denette/Canadian Press) The plane’s tail broke off as it landed, and the fuel was found on the ground about 1.5 kilometres from the crash site, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
It’s believed the fuel leaking occurred in the cockpit and that the plane’s engine had failed, said Pecas spokesman, Const.
A spokesperson for the Manitoba Emergency Response Team told CBC News that the fuel leak was caused by an engine failure.
“We do have a valve that had been opened up, but we’re not sure what caused it to come off,” Fenton said.
He said the engine was expected to be replaced.
Fenton also said the pilot of the plane has been taken to hospital.
Fountains pilot says engine failure “is not uncommon” “We’re going to get him checked out,” said Fenton of the pilot who died in the crash.
“He had an engine that was not operating properly and he had some of his fuel in the fuel tank.”
Fountons plane was one of two that were flying a training mission, the other was a commercial jet flying from Winnipeg to Vancouver.
It took off from the Portage airport, and Founts pilot was heading eastbound.
FOUNTERS pilot said the plane was heading towards Vancouver when it took off and crashed near Fort St. John, N.B. He was taken to the hospital in Winnipeg.
Peches plane crashed just after 1:30 p.m. in a rural area near Portages.
He told CBC’s Air Canada Network that the engine failed, and that it took him a while to get his bearings.
“It was about 1,000 feet over the highway and I was trying to get my bearings because I wasn’t aware of anything,” he told Air Canada.
“I don’t know what’s going on, what’s wrong.”
Fortunes plane crashed about 1:50 p..m., near Porta, a town in the same region.
Pescatello said there were four passengers and a pilot on board, but he didn’t know if the other two people were also on board.
He described the plane as an M-320 turboprop aircraft.
“You could see smoke coming from the plane,” he added.
“So we’re sure that the smoke was coming from that.”
A spokesperson with the Manitoba Police said there was no word yet on the condition of the passengers or the pilot.
The provincial government says the plane is on its way to Fort St John, Newfoundland.
The incident happened on the same day as a plane crashed off the coast of Nova Scotia.
Two passengers were rescued and taken to Halifax General Hospital with injuries that were described as not life-threatening, the Nova Scotia government said.
The pilots of both planes were airlifted to Halifax.
The jets crash happened near Portago, Nova Scotia, and was the second fatal plane crash in the province in as many weeks.
On Monday, a Boeing 737-800 crashed in Prince Edward Island, killing two people and injuring three others.
The plane was travelling from St. James, Newfoundland, to the Halifax airport.
The accident happened on a rural road near Portaga.