Crash of small plane kills seven near Quebec City

Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:59am EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Seven people were killed when a small plane crashed near Jean-Lesage International Airport in Quebec City in Eastern Canada early on Wednesday morning, officials said.

Airport officials said the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air plane carrying five passengers and two crew members took off for Sept-Iles, Quebec, at 5:57 a.m. and then crashed two to three kilometers north of the airport.

The plane was owned by charter company Aeropro.

Conversations recorded between the pilot and tower showed that the plane's right engine was experiencing problems shortly after take-off, broadcaster Radio-Canada said. Airport officials told a news conference it was too soon to pinpoint the cause of the crash.

The passengers have not been identified. Radio-Canada said two Quebec provincial government officials were among the passengers.

(Reporting Solarina Ho; editing by Peter Galloway)