Suit Launched in Lapierre Crash

The family of well known Quebec political figure and broadcaster Jean Lapierre is suing the insurance company that covered the chartered Mitsuibishi MU-2 that went down in the Magdalen Islands  three years ago, killing Lapierre, his wife and three other relatives. Two pilots, Capt. Pascal Gosselin and First Officer Fabrice Labourel were also killed. The family alleges Gosselin was responsible for the crash and is claiming $1.7 million from his insurance company, Starnet Insurance.

The MU-2 went down short of the runway at Iles-de-la-Madeleine Airport and the Transportation Safety Board cited an unstable approach as a factor in the crash. The aircraft was high and hot on the approach before it hit the ground short of the runway. Lapierre was federal transport minister under Paul Martin and was a founding member of the Bloc Quebecois.