Canada’s 59-year-old Former Transport Minister Jean Lapierre is among the seven people who died in a private plane crash in Quebec’s Magdalen Islands.
According to the authorities, the plane crashed as it came near Iles-de-la-Madeleine Airport amid heavy wind and snow.
Lapierre’s employers confirmed that the former Liberal transport minister was on the plane. His wife, sister, two brothers and an aunt were also killed in the plane crash, as reported by Metro.
On Monday, Lapierre posted on Twitter that his 83-year-old father died recently after battling with Parkinson’s disease. He was flying to the Island in the gulf of St. Lawrence for the funeral.
One of the supervisors with Ambulance Leblanc, Benoit Leblanc confirmed that six passengers were already dead by the time the paramedics arrived. He also stated that the seventh person made it to the hospital but died there from injuries.
The former federal minister, who was native of the island, was on a Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 Turbo-prop, officials with Transportation Safety Board (TSB) stated in a news release. The officials are on their way to Havre aux Maisons Island in the Magdalen Islands to determine the reason behind the crash.
Lapierre served as a transport minister in former Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Liberal government from July 2004 to February 2006.The Former transport minister then made his second career in the media, reported The Globe and Mail.
Paul Martin commented, “We’re going to miss him terribly, He was a very good political analyst, he was one of the best, but he was also a superb political figure in this country and it was a great privilege to work with him.”
TSB spokesperson Chris Krepski stated that the team of investigators would have arrived at the crash site on Tuesday, but bad weather prevented them from travelling.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, “Shaken by the sudden death of the Hon. Jean Lapierre on the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. A great loss to the political world.”
Tom Mulcair, the NDP federal party leader, commented, “An utter shock to learn of the death of Jean Lapierre and many family members. Deepest condolences to those grieving this tragic loss.”
The current month witnessed another tragic plane crash when Fly Dubai flight collapsed claiming 62 lives on board.