Multiple fatalities in small plane crash in Kingston
UPDATE (Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 at 12:15 p.m.): Seven people have died has a result of the plane crash, including two children, according to an undisclosed source on the scene. The investigation remains ongoing. Kingstonist will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.
An investigation continues into the crash of a small aircraft into a field between Highway 401 and Creekford Road, in the west end of Kingston, on Wednesday night.
The first reports of an aircraft in distress were made to Kingston Police shortly after 5 p.m. when observers in the vicinity of the PetroCan gas station on Gardiners Road and Centennial Drive saw and heard a small airplane appear to experience engine trouble and crash. A Hercules airplane in the vicinity also reported sighting the airplane.
The location of the crash site was not immediately clear, and first responders scoured the west end of the city from the lakeshore near the airport to areas north of the 401.
The airplane was located, with the collaboration of Kingston Police, OPP, Kingston Fire & Rescue, Frontenac Paramedics and a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Search & Rescue helicopter, in a field in the 3200 block of Creekford Rd at around 8 p.m.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has confirmed the aircraft is a small Piper PA-32 airplane, typically capable of carrying 5 to 6 occupants, depending on airplane configuration, as well as occupant and cargo weight/balance factors. The US-registered aircraft is believed to have originally taken off from Buttonville Airport.
Creekford Rd was closed for several hours but was reopened overnight after the crash site was located and secured by police for further investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. Police closed Creekford road again on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. The incident is now considered a recovery operation. Kingston Police have confirmed multiple fatalities in the incident.