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Canadian man killed after stealing a plane and crashing it onto road

Images of the wreck showed a crushed nose and cockpit, and broken wings.

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A MAN IN his 20s was killed early this morning after crashing a stolen airplane on a roadway east of Toronto, police said.

The Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk went down south of downtown Peterborough on the shores of Lake Ontario at 1.20 am local time (just after 6am here).

Images of the wreck showed a crushed nose and cockpit, and broken wings.

Peterborough police inspector Lynne Buehler told a press conference the man appeared to have been “attempting to land the plane.”

He was pronounced dead at the scene. It was unclear if he was licensed to fly or had any cockpit experience.

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The aircraft was reported stolen from a rural airstrip near Markham, Ontario, about 100 kilometres west of the crash site, said York Regional Police, which has taken over the investigation.

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board has also sent investigators to the site to determine the cause of the accident.

© – AFP, 2016

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