Crushing Drummondville: family Mailhot in the misunderstanding

News 2 February, 2018
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    Children of Jean-Claude Mailhot, the driver of the helicopter that crashed Thursday in Drummondville, responded for the first time of the tragic accident that claimed the life of their father, their sister, and a friend.

    “Our father and our sister died of a tragic accident yesterday evening. Words are not enough to express the desolation and the misunderstanding that such a tragedy can bring,” write Tommy, Vincent and Alexandrine Mailhot in a message sent to the media.

    Jean-Claude Mailhot was the father of four children and grandfather of six granddaughters.

    “The family was at the heart of his life and he was able to, with our mother, Monica, we pass on his values of humility, respect and mutual support”, they write.

    “As for our sister Janie, wife and mother of two young girls, she will have marked his passage among us by her determination, her joy for life contagious, and her great generosity. She was a deep lover of life.”

    The family has expressed the desire to grieve in private, but wished to thank the public for the empathy and support shown. The three co-signers also expressed their condolences to the family and relatives of Nathalie Desrosiers, the third victim of the tragedy.

    The trio was made late yesterday afternoon at the School of entrepreneurship of Beauce in order to participate in an evening with the door open. Janie Mailhot and Nathalie Desrosiers were present to confirm their enrollment in training programs. The victims died on the spot following the crash that occurred around 21 h near the rang Saint-Jean-Baptiste, in the area of Saint-Joachim-de-Courval. The Robinson R-44 caught fire after the impact.