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11 Killed in Montreal Plane Crash

June 18, 1998

MONTREAL (AP) _ A commuter plane billowing smoke crash-landed today at Mirabel airport near Montreal, killing all 11 people aboard, airport authorities said.

The twin-engine plane was based at nearby Dorval airport and was headed to Peterborough, Ontario, authorities said.

``Once in the air, the pilot, in discussion with the tower, advised them there was some smoke in the cockpit,″ said police Cpl. Pierre Giguere. ``At that time, the plane was redirected to Mirabel, where it crashed.″

All nine passengers and two crew members were killed, said Ray Monette, manager at Mirabel, 25 miles northwest of Montreal.

``It was a very turbulent landing,″ he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. ``The fire on board just got worse. It just kept on going badly.″

The King Air twin-engine commuter plane was owned by Prop Air, a company based in western Quebec.

Two hours after the crash, smoke still could be seen billowing from the aircraft at the end of one of Mirabel’s runways, and emergency vehicles surrounded the wreck.

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