By David Williams | CNN
A woman mowing the grass at a small aerodrome in Quebec died after being struck by a plane while preparing to land, authorities said.
The 27-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was driving a tractor Monday near the runway at Saint-Esprit airfield in Quebec City, about 37 miles (60 km) north of Montreal.
“What can be understood is that the woman was on a tractor mowing the lawn and when the plane descended to land on the airstrip the plane struck the woman. Quebec municipal police spokesperson Marc Tessier told CNN.
The woman was taken to hospital where she later died, Tessier said. She worked for a company that provided maintenance at the airport.
The pilot of the plane was not injured, but was in shock after the incident and was taken to hospital for examination, he said.
Tessier said the small airfield is used by private planes and a parachuting company operates there as well. The pilot was in his own plane, he said.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is investigating the incident and a team interviewed witnesses, examined the plane and tractor and gathered other evidence at the site on Monday.
The plane was a single-engine Nanchang CJ-6 – a Chinese-built trainer aircraft that is typically flown by private pilots in Canada, TSB spokesperson Chris Krepski told CNN.
Krepski said that at the time of the incident, the weather conditions “were suitable for visual flight rules” and that there were light winds and a few clouds at 4,000 feet.
Tessier said it could take a few weeks, if not months, to determine what happened.
A total of 170 air transport accidents were reported to the TSB in 2020, and 114 involved non-commercial or private aircraft, according to the agency. There were 16 fatalities in air travel last year.