Two dead after plane crash in Markham

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire created after a small plane crashed on the roof of a building at Woodbine Ave. and Hooper St. at 12:30p.m Tuesday in Markham.

At least two people are dead after a fiery plane crash in Markham Tuesday afternoon, city officials say.

The pilot, a person from Burlington, and at least one passenger were killed when the plane crashed through the roof of an office building and burst into flames, said Markham mayor Frank Scarpitti.

“Obviously, something happened to the plane and I understand it was trying to get back…but it wasn’t able to,” he said, standing metres away from the scene of the crash.

Scarpitti said the plane, which was from Burlington, was being flown home from nearby Buttonville Municipal Airport when the pilot lost control.

According to a witness who watched the crash, the pilot looked like he or she was trying to “plant it” to avoid parking lots and pedestrians when the plane went down.

“We heard it first. We heard this big noise and looked up and saw the plane really close.”

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