A small plane carrying a ‘will you marry me’ banner crashed in Montreal, Canada, killing one passenger (Pictures: CTV News/Facebook)
A marriage proposal ended in turmoil Saturday evening when a small plane carrying a ‘will you marry me?’ banner crashed, killing one passenger and injuring the pilot.
The 1974 Cessna 172 plane caught aflame when it crashed in Parc Dieppe in the city of Montreal, Canada.
The Osheaga Get Together musical festival was taking place not too far away where the plane came crashing down on the island at about 6pm on Saturday.
‘One person is sadly deceased in this event, and a second person is transported to the hospital,’ Montreal police spokesperson Veronique Comtois told CTV News.
The small 1974 Cessna 172 plane caught aflame when it crashed (Picture: CTV News)
The proposal banner is believed to have fallen into the St Lawrence River shortly before the crash, but has yet to be found.
Evidence shows that when the plane touched down, it bounced and spun before coming to a rest. Montreal police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Laurel Scala was walking with her husband and saw the plane flying overhead just moments before it crashed.
‘It seemed like the normal height that a plane like that would fly when it has a banner,’ she told CTV News.
The plane bounced and spun after crashing before it came to a rest, officials said. The cause of the crash is still undetermined (Picture: CTV )
‘We struggled to read what the banner said… It said “will you marry me.”‘
Investigators are still working to determine the exact path of the flight, and whether the pilot sent a distress signal before the crash.
The pilot has been identified as Gian Piero Ciambella, owner of the aerial advertising agency Aerogram, The Mirror reported.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is looking to speak with Ciambella, they told the media outlet.
The pilot has been identified as Gian Piero Ciambella, owner of an aerial advertising agency Aerogram (Picture: CTV )
Ciambella previously made headlines for his flying chops after he made an emergency landing on Parc Avenue in front of Jeanne-Mance Park when his engine stalled in 2016.
The accident, which had no injuries, earned him an award for achieving a ‘extraordinary piloting feat’.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board has yet to rule out any cause for the crash. The airplane’s engine has been sent to Ottawa for examination.
The other person on board who died in the crash has not yet been identified.
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