July 18, 2019 | Susan Napier-Sewell

How far away is death?

How far away is death: Small plane crashes across GTA (Greater Toronto Area) road, narrowly missing traffic

Sometimes, we see life and death pass before our eyes. Bill Chan in Markham, Ontario, was driving his tow truck in March 2019, when a white Cirrus SR20 came crashing across 16th Avenue near the Buttonville Airport, just in front of Chan’s hood. Chan captured the episode on his dash cam and said that he was lucky to be alive.

Chan posted the video to Instagram and told CBC News that it was his day off and he was en route to a family dinner when the incident occurred. You can catch Chan’s video below.

In the CBC News report, Chan said, “I was driving on the highway, I was picking up speed, and then the plane just came right in front of me. I tried to dodge it, and that’s when everything crashed.”

Chan observed that the plane came in from the side. He said he exited his truck to ascertain the safety of the plane’s occupants and watched them deplane. He mentioned that the aircraft was “approximately two car lengths” from his truck at the time it flew past and crashed.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is investigating what caused the crash.

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Accidents, How Far Away Is Death?, Human Performance, Investigations, Root Cause Analysis, Safety
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