Three Dead in R44 Crash

A pilot, his daughter, and the daughter’s friend have been identified as the three people killed when a Robinson R44 helicopter crashed and caught fire near Drummondville, Quebec on Thursday evening. Jean-Claude Mailhot, Jeannie Mailhot, and Nathalie Desrosiers were identified by family members according to the CBC. The victims were not from the Drummondville area but their hometown was not immediately released. The network quoted police sources as saying the aircraft was on a trip from Beauce to the Lanaudière region.

Winds were light and temperatures were just below freezing at the time of the crash. The aircraft came down in a field. It was mostly consumed in a post-crash fire and the victims were found in the wreckage.