2016 Magdalen Islands Mitsubishi MU-2 crash

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2016 Magdalen Islands MU-2 crash
Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise (MU-2B-60) AN1394200.jpg
A Mitsubishi MU-2 similar to the crashed aircraft
Date 29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
Summary Uncontrolled flight into terrain on approach
Site Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, Canada
47°24′09″N 61°49′00″W / 47.4026°N 61.8167°W / 47.4026; -61.8167Coordinates: 47°24′09″N 61°49′00″W / 47.4026°N 61.8167°W / 47.4026; -61.8167
Aircraft type Mitsubishi MU-2B-60
Operator Aero Teknic
Registration N246W
Flight origin Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport, St-Hubert, Quebec
Destination Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport, Magdalen Islands, Quebec
Occupants 7
Passengers 5
Crew 2
Fatalities 7 (all)
Survivors 0

On 29 March 2016, a Mitsubishi MU-2 operated by Aero Teknic, a Canadian aircraft maintenance company, crashed on approach to Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport, killing former Canadian politician Jean Lapierre, several members of his family, and the two pilots. Lapierre was flying to his father's funeral with his wife and three siblings.[1] While one man survived the crash, he died of a heart attack after being pulled from the wreckage.[2][3][4]


Before departure, Jean Lapierre mentioned that he was concerned about flying during bad weather.[5] The aircraft left Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport in Saint-Hubert, Quebec at 0931 Eastern Daylight Time and was destined for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport, on Havre aux Maisons island in the Magdalen Islands, also in Quebec. A little over two hours later (1240 Atlantic Daylight Time), the aircraft collided with terrain in Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, about 2 km from Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport, the flight's intended destination.[6][7]

At the time of the accident, there was light rain and mist. The visibility was 4 kilometres with a cloud ceiling of 61 metres. The air temperature was 0 °C with east-northeast winds at 37 kilometres per hour, gusting to 56 kilometres per hour. The aircraft had been cleared to land on Îles-de-la-Madeleine's Runway 07 prior to the crash.[7]


The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) opened an investigation and sent a group of investigators to the site.[8]

Preliminary observations by the investigators indicated that the aircraft was in a slightly left-wing-low-and-nose-high attitude on impact. The wreckage was contained in a field 150 metres square about two kilometres southwest of Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport; the aircraft had hit the ground and slid for 91 metres before coming to a stop. Examination of the wreckage showed the engines were running until the impact with the ground. The MU-2 was not fitted with flight recorders (which are not required for light aircraft), but a different type of onboard recording device was installed and it appeared to be intact.[7] The wreckage was removed from the crash site and transported to the TSB's laboratory in Ottawa on April 6. The investigation has concluded.[9] The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board sent a representative to the American-built plane's crash site. Mitsubishi also sent investigators to the site.[7]


The victims include the two pilots, Captain Pascal Gosselin and co-pilot Fabrice Labourel. Jean Lapierre, his wife, his two brothers and one of his two sisters were also killed.

Jean Lapierre was a former Canadian Federal Member of Parliament and former Minister of Transport in Prime Minister Paul Martin's cabinet. He was Paul Martin's Quebec lieutenant during Martin's time as Prime Minister, and a member of the Liberal party. Lapierre eventually became a well-known Quebec broadcaster and talk-show host.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former Prime Minister Paul Martin, and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre all expressed their sadness at Lapierre's death.[10][11][12] The funeral of Lapierre and his wife was held on April 16 and was attended by the current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife.


  1. ^ Grou, Vincent (30 March 2016). "Îles-de-la-Madeleine: le pilote Pascal Gosselin était un pionnier d'Internet au Québec". Ici Radio-Canada.ca. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Seven dead in Iles de la Madeleine plane crash: SQ". CTV Montreal. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Breaking Îles-de-la-Madeleine leaves 6 dead, 1 man injured". CBC News. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ Authier, Philip (29 March 2016). "Seven people dead following plane crash on Îles-de-la-Madeleine, SQ says". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Jean Lapierre worried about bad weather before fatal plane crash: 'It's not nice. But I'm going to see mommy'". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Jean Lapierre among 7 killed in Îles-de-la-Madeleine plane crash". CBC News. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d "Aviation Investigation A16A0032". Transportation Safety Board of Canada. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  8. ^ "TSB deploys a team of investigators to the site of an aircraft accident near the Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport, Quebec". Transportation Safety Board of Canada. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  9. ^ http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2016/a16a0032/a16a0032.asp
  10. ^ "" C'est tout un choc" Denis Coderre". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Paul Martin remembers Jean Lapierre". 31 March 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Justin Trudeau on Twitter". Retrieved 22 September 2016.