When a marriage proposal turns deadly: One dead after Montreal plane crashes into wedding banner

By The Associated Press

MONTREAL: A small plane crashed while pulling down a marriage proposal banner on an island near Old Montreal, Canadian officials said on Sunday, killing a passenger and injuring the pilot.

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said the plane was carrying a banner that read “Will you marry me” when it went down Saturday evening.

The pilot remained hospitalized on Sunday night.

Police did not release details about the victims, except that they were believed to be the only two on board the plane.

Montreal police said they responded to a call reporting the accident at about 6 a.m. at Park Dieppe, near the Concorde Bridge in Montreal’s Ile Saint-Hélain, from where a concert was taking place.

“We’re looking forward to speaking with the pilot when possible,” said Chris Krepsky, a spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board.

Krepsky said in an interview that officials had received reports of engine failures on the Cessna 172, but investigators were yet to determine the cause of the crash.

“We haven’t ruled out anything yet,” he said.

“We need to take a closer look at everything.”

Krapsky said the proposal banner, which was believed to have fallen into the Saint-Lawrence River shortly before the accident, was not found.

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