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Woman Killed By Landing Plane As She Mowed Grass

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Woman Killed By Landing Plane As She Mowed Grass

A woman has died after a plane struck her while she was mowing a field.

The collision happened on Monday (5 July) near a runway at Saint-Esprit airfield, around 40 miles miles away from Montreal in Canada.

The unnamed woman, who is said to have been in her late 20s, was using a tractor lawnmower when the aircraft attempted to land at the site.

Sadly, however, the small plane struck her, and despite being rushed to hospital, she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

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The pilot was not seriously injured in the crash but was taken to hospital to be checked over and treated for shock.

According to CTV News, it's not clear whether the plane, which suffered damage to its wing, is privately-owned or owned by the aerodrome.

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Credit: CTV News

Police officer Benoit Richard described how the event is thought to have unfolded.

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He said: "Initial reports indicated that the plane, during its landing manoeuvre, struck the victim who was mowing the lawn on a tractor at the end of the runway."

Speaking about the bizarre and tragic incident, local resident Pierre Remialle said he was utterly shocked.

He told the news station: "When you hear about someone struck by lightning, it's overwhelming, but by a landing airplane?

"Never heard anything like that before."

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Adding: "What are the chances that something like that happens? One over billions?"

Credit: CTV News
Credit: CTV News

Marc Tessier, a spokesperson for the Quebec Provincial Police, said: "The victim was on a tractor and she was hit by a plane that was landing."

The Transportation safety board confirmed that an investigation would be launched into the incident.

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A spokesperson for the body said: "We're going to have a look at what happened so we're here today to gather information to understand the event.

"It's way too early to have any conclusion so we're going to have time to gather everything and analyse what happened."

Weather visibility on the day was reportedly good, and any investigation into woman's tragic death is expected to take a prolonged period of time.

Officer Richard added: "The investigation is underway. We will try and find out the causes and circumstances of the accident."

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Topics: Police, Crash, Airplane, Tragedy, Canada, Health

Dominic Smithers
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