Crash of small plane claims pilot

A firefighter inspects a mangled van while, off to the side, crews attend to its female driver. The woman was pronounced dead on-scene after colliding with a transport truck at the intersection of Line 86 and Manser Road on October 11. [Elena Maystruk / The Observer]

crashPolice and the Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the cause of a plane crash June 29 that claimed the life of a 65-year-old Kitchener man.

Janic Volcec died at the scene, not far from the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

The small, two-seater plane went down about 8:30 a.m., nose-diving into the ground and bursting into flames. Due to the extensive damage, it took investigators some time to determine Volcec was the only one on board.

The plane, a single-engine Europa XS, was built by the pilot in 2007.

Airport spokesperson Sandra McAuley said the plane had just taken off from Breslau airport, but couldn’t confirm its flight plan.
The plane crashed in a field farmed by Compact Sod near Shantz Station Road and Menno Street. Shantz Station Road was closed for several hours after the crash.

“There’s a fair amount of wreckage to go through and damage there,” said Waterloo Regional Police spokesperson Olaf Heinzel.

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