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TSB investigators heading to scene of fatal plane crash in Kingston, Ont.

Wet, windy weather has been identified as a possible factor into the fatal crash of a six-seater Piper PA-32 in a wooded area northwest of Kingston, Ont.’s core.

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Wet, windy weather a possible factor

Investigators are expected to arrive on the scene of a fatal plane crash in Kingston, Ont., this morning to gather more information on what happened.

It’s not known how many people were on board the plane — identified as a six-seater Piper PA-32 by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) — which came down in a wooded area northwest of the city core, but police said no one aboard survived. 

Emergency crews were called to the area near Creekford Road and Bayridge Drive sometime before 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, said Const. Ash Gutheinz, a spokesperson for Kingston Police.

Police at the scene told Radio Canada’s Frédéric Pepin Thursday the crash site was hard to access so police decided to wait until morning to continue the investigation.

TSB spokesperson Rox-Anne D’Aoust said Thursday morning the plane took off from the Toronto Buttonville Municipal Airport in Markham, Ont., north of Toronto, and was headed to the Kingston Airport.

It crashed approximately three to four nautical miles north of its destination.

D’Aoust said the cause of the crash is unknown at this time but investigators will be looking into the weather as  a possible factor.

Environment Canada had issued a special statement for Kingston, advising that wind gusts could reach up to 80 km/h.

Between 6 and 7 p.m., Environment Canada’s hourly weather data at the Kingston airport showed winds picked up from 11 km/h to 33 km/h, gusting up to 56 in that hour, with light rain.

The plane was registered in the U.S., according to the TSB.

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 8 Wing Trenton base to the west helped in the search with a helicopter. 

Kingston Police have kept roads closed around the crash site this morning.

With files from Kate McGillivray and Radio Canada’s Frédéric Pepin

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