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Moorefield plane crash: Four victims are GTA young adults, teen

Four young people from the Greater Toronto area were killed after a small airplane crashed into a cornfield outside of Moorefield, northwest of Kitchener, on Friday evening.

Three men in their early 20s and a teenage girl died in the crash, Const. Keith Robb said. Their identities will be released once the OPP contact the victims’ families.

The victims’ plane took off from Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre Friday night.

Bob Connors, the general manager of the flight centre, said the plane was a rental.

He said the flight school, which operates out of the Waterloo Region International Airport, had not had a crash like this in a “long, long, long time.”

Connors would not comment on the experience of the pilot.

Marine and air search rescue team RCC Trenton contacted the provincial police at 8:39 p.m. after an emergency signal on a single-engine Cessna airplane was activated. Trenton did not know the location of the plane, the OPP said.

It’s unclear how long the plane had been in the air before it crashed.

“We don’t believe weather was a factor,” said Robb. “It was a clear, sunny night.”

An emergency rescue team, including dogs, led a search in the area southwest of Moorefield. The plane was found in a cornfield at 6773 Sideroad 3. All the occupants were killed in the crash.

The victims’ bodies will be transported to a hospital in Hamilton later Saturday for autopsies.

The Transportation Safety Bureau has been notified, the OPP said.

With files from The Canadian Press

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