Pilot hospitalized after crash into Laurentians lake

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The pilot of this plane was injured after crashing into a lake near Notre-Dame-du-Laus, Que., about 100 kilometres north of downtown Ottawa, at around 11:15 a.m. on July 23, 2022. (Camille Kasisi-Monet/Radio-Canada - image credit)
The pilot of this plane was injured after crashing into a lake near Notre-Dame-du-Laus, Que., about 100 kilometres north of downtown Ottawa, at around 11:15 a.m. on July 23, 2022. (Camille Kasisi-Monet/Radio-Canada - image credit)

A pilot was rushed to hospital after crashing a seaplane into a lake in the Laurentians late Saturday morning.

The 911 call about the plane hitting the waters of Lac des Sables north of Notre-Dame-du-Laus, Que., came in at around 11:15 a.m., the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) said.

A passerby, Serge Labelle, was the first to run to the waters, jumping in their boat to come rescue the man.

Labelle had been out by the lake near Chemin Chardron when he said he saw the aircraft suddenly take a nosedive.

He and his daughter were the first to come help, Labelle said, before divers with the SQ arrived. The pilot was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

'Smelled like gasoline'

"My wife stayed on the shore and called the emergency services," Labelle told Radio-Canada in French. "It smelled like gasoline. I wanted to get him out as soon as possible in case of a fire, but everything went well. Everyone helped."

While police initially said they feared for the pilot's life, his condition has since improved, they said.

He was the only one aboard and was conscious after being discovered.

The federal Transportation Safety Board is investigating what could have caused the crash.

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