Former Canadian minister Jean Lapierre killed in plane crash on way to father's funeral
Publish Time 2016-03-30 13:16:00
Former Canadian cabinet minister Jean Lapierre has died in a plane crash that also killed his wife and three of his siblings on the way to his father's funeral in eastern Quebec.
The provincial coroner said in a statement all seven people on board the aircraft were killed in the crash, including Mr Lapierre's wife Nicole Beaulieu, his sister, two brothers and an aunt.
The other two people killed were crew members, the statement said, as reported by ABC News.
The TVA network, for which Mr Lapierre worked as a political commentator, said his twin-engined chartered aircraft crashed in bad weather as it was coming in to land on the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
Mr Lapierre, 59, had been travelling to the Iles de la Madeleine for the funeral of his 83-year-old father, the network said. Photos from the scene showed the plane lying in several pieces in a snow-covered field.
Canada's Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the crash but that, due to the bad weather, its team of experts would not reach the site until Wednesday.
Mr Lapierre, known for his good humour and animated style on air, made a second career in the media after serving as transport minister in prime minister Paul Martin's Liberal government from July 2004 to February 2006. He also acted as Mr Martin's lieutenant in the mostly French-speaking province.
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