'Numerous fatalities' after small plane crashes in Kingston, Ont.
A small plane crashed in Kingston, Ont., on Wednesday, resulting in "numerous fatalities" according to police.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 — which came down in a wooded area in the north-west region of the city, but police said no one aboard survived.
Relatives of the seven people killed in a Kingston, Ont., plane crash last week are in a race against time to bid their loved ones a final goodbye, as religious protocol requires the bodies be prepared for burial as soon as they're received from the coroner Thursday.
A funeral service is scheduled for the victims on Friday in Toronto, but several immediate family members living in Uzbekistan were still making travel arrangements to Canada on Thursday.
"We are dealing with a situation, a very delicate situation, where time is against us," said Ilhomjon Kasymov, a family friend who is organizing the funeral.
Multiple people dead after small plane crashes in Kingston, Ont., police say
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He said the relatives living abroad — including the parents of the victims — were still booking flights.
Toronto resident Bobomurod Nabiev and his wife Sabina Usmanova were killed on Nov. 27 when their plane crashed in a wooded area near Creekford Road and Bayridge Drive in Kingston.
The pilot, Otabek Oblokulov, who was Nabiev's brother-in-law, was also killed along with his wife and three children. The family had been living in Houston.
As of last weekend, investigators with the Transportation Safety Board had inspected the crash site and were starting to look into the cause. The 1965 Cherokee Six plane that went down was barely recognizable as a result of the crash. Parts of it were taken to a TSB lab in Richmond Hill.
7 dead, including 2 children, in Kingston plane crash
Kingston police say that seven passengers travelling from Toronto died as a result of the crash.Police were made aware of a missing airplane around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, which prompted a search of a wooded area in Kingston's west end.
The funeral service for all of the victims is scheduled to take place at the Jame Abu Bakr Siddique Mosque in Scarborough on Friday shortly after prayers at 1 p.m.
The bodies will then be taken to the Toronto Muslim Cemetery in Richmond Hill to be buried, Kasymov said. He said the victim's families agreed to have all seven of the dead buried in Toronto.
'An outstanding Torontonian'
Kasymov was close friends with Nabiev and his wife, and said he often acted as a mentor to Nabiev. He remembers his friend as someone with "a great smile" and who was always offering his help to others.
"He turned out to be an outstanding Torontonian and was everything that we expect a new Canadian to be," Kasymov said.
A GoFundMe campaign that Kasymov set up to cover the cost of Nabiev and Usmanova's funeral had raised more than $34,000 as of Thursday at noon. A similar GoFundMe campaign for Oblokulov and his family had raised almost $39,000.
Family of 5, Toronto-area couple killed in Kingston, Ont., plane crash
A pilot from Houston, Texas, his family and two adults from Canada died in a small plane crash in Kingston, Ont., Wednesday evening. Pilot Otabek Oblokulov, his wife, their children ages three, 11 and 15, and another adult couple, Bobomurod Nabiev and his wife who lived in the Toronto area, all died on board, friends of the victims told CBC News.Nabiev and his partner were permanent residents of Canada and originally from Uzbekistan. CBC was not able to confirm the names of the women or children on board.
The family friend said he has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from the community.
"Ordinary Canadians have been offering their condolences," he said.
"We feel that our small Uzbek community is not alone in this tragedy. The support has demonstrated the solidarity and unity among Canadians who are always ready to help each other in difficult times regardless of our differences."
Hwy. 401 westbound closed near Kingston after 30-vehicle pileup .
As many as 20 people have been injured in a Sunday afternoon crash on Highway 401 near Kingston, Ont., involving approximately 30 vehicles. The crash happened around 3 p.m., forcing Ontario Provincial Police to close the highway's westbound lanes from Joyceville Road to Highway 15. © (Frédéric Pepin/CBC) Ontario Provincial Police closed a westbound stretch of Highway 401 near Kingston, Ont., on Dec. 1, 2019, after a major pileup. OPP say it involved approximately 30 vehicles.