Seaplane crashed in Shawinigan

A seaplane crashed in Shawinigan

A seaplane crashed in the late afternoon in the Saint-Maurice River in Shawinigan.

A small aircraft crashed into the Saint-Maurice River near Melville Island on Sunday. One person was recovered from the stream. She is in critical condition at the hospital.

Witnesses to the event interviewed by Radio-Canada said they saw the plane flying at low altitude around 3 p.m. The aircraft's wings reportedly struck electrical wires, causing an electrical arc to form, followed by a loud bang.

The aircraft would then have finished its course in the body of water, near the canoe-kayak course and buoys. A swimming competition was held at the scene of the accident on Saturday.

Witnesses attempted to rescue anyone inside the plane.

“I I took off my shoes, I swam away”

— Nicole Blais

Nicole Blais tried to rescue the pilot of the seaplane which crashed into the Saint-Maurice River

“There were people on paddle boards and kayaks who were arrived. We had oars, we tried to break the windows. There are people who have gone below the water. We tried to pull [the plane] with a pontoon, it didn't move. We wondered if we could not return it, it was impossible. We couldn't do anything, unfortunately, “continued the citizen.

The Shawinigan firefighters were quickly dispatched to the scene with their Zodiac boat. Divers from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) were heading to Shawinigan, at the time of this writing, to shed light on this event and ensure that no one else could be on board.

At the start of Sunday evening, more than 2,000 Hydro-Québec customers were without power due to this accident.

With information from Jacob Côté

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