Panama: a Canadian dies in a plane crash
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 21:06
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:10
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A Canadian who flew a plane in Panama and lost his life in an accident on Wednesday afternoon.
Se trata del piloto e ingeniero canadiense Ron Simard, residente in #Chame, fallecido esta tarde, tras accidentarse en una avioneta en la pista del Aeropuerto Marcos A. Gelabert in Albrook mall #Panama pic.twitter.com/UxmQW6b6zA
— Carlos A. Rodriguez (@CRodriguez507) December 20, 2017
Ron Simmard was at the controls of the device which crashed at the international airport Marcos A. Gelabert, Panama City, Panama, shortly before 13: 30 (local time), according to local media.
In el accident victim de aviación ocurrido esta tarde en el Aeropuerto Marcos A. Gelabert con una aeronave experimental is code al Capitán Ron Simmard. Q. D. E. P.
— Aviation medical Panamá (@aacivilpty) December 20, 2017
The tragedy would have occurred during take-off and the civil aviation authorities of Panama have indicated that investigators are still examining the cause of the crash.
According to the local television channel Telemetro.com the man of 70 years was alone in the plane. It would be a a retired engineer with over 50 years of piloting experience.
An investigation was opened to determine the causes and circumstances of the tragedy.
“Our thoughts and condolences accompany the family and friends of a Canadian who died in Panama. The consular officials are ready to provide consular assistance to the family in need,” said Brendan Sutton, a spokesman for World Affairs Canada, in an e-mail.