Landing Plane Hits and Kills Woman Mowing Lawn

A woman in Canada was struck and killed by a landing plane as she mowed a lawn, according to reports.

The woman, believed to be in her 20s, died when she was struck by the plane at the grounds of Parachute Montreal, close to route 125 near Saint-Esprit in Quebec.

According to Global News, the woman was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead at around 12:50 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

The outlet added the pilot of the plane was also taken to a nearby hospital in order to treat a "violent nervous shock."

It was also reported that the pilot did not suffer any serious injuries.

Marc Tessier, the spokesperson for Sûreté du Québec, the province's police force, said the woman had been mowing the lawn while driving the tractor when she was struck by the plane.

According to Global News, Tessier added the pilot allegedly did not see her.

He told CTV News: "The victim was on a tractor and she was hit by a plane that was landing. She was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead."

An investigation into the tragic death and the moments leading up to it has been launched by Quebec law enforcement.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said: "The TSB of Canada deployed 2 investigators to gather information from the occurrence site.

"They interviewed witnesses, documented and photographed the occurrence site and liaised with first responders. The onsite activities were completed yesterday evening.

"In the coming days, the investigators will continue gathering information. The occurrence is still being assessed to determine the next steps in terms of the scope of the investigation."

Tessier did not tell CTV News whether the plane was used for skydiving or a private aircraft. The network added the plane involved in the collision appeared to be a Yakovlev Yak-52 training aircraft, which students used during the Cold War era.

It is understood the identity of the woman will be made public later today. No arrests have been made in connection with the collision as of Tuesday morning.

The tragedy comes just over a month after two men died in a skydiving accident near Gatineau, also in Quebec.

The men, identified as an instructor and a client, had been part of a skydiving jump when their parachutes did not deploy as expected.

According to CDC, officials with the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail said in a preliminary investigation that the main parachute was detached in order to allow the emergency one to be released, but that it never did.

Newsweek has contacted Sûreté du Québec for comment.

The force is carrying out an investigation
The force is carrying out an investigation into the tragic crash. This photo shows police during the 10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec 2019 a 201,6km stage from Québec to Québec on September 13, 2019 in Quebec City Luc Claessen / Stringer/Getty