Plane carrying Lapierre relative makes emergency landing

Lapierre's brother-in-law was headed to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine to join his wife

BONAVENTURE, Que. — A plane carrying about a dozen people, including the brother-in-law of the late Jean Lapierre, landed safely in the Gaspesie region after one of its engines shut down mid-flight.

The twin-engine plane, a Jetstream 32, had left the St-Hubert airport near Montreal on Wednesday night and made a stop in Quebec City on its way to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine.

It made a scheduled stop at Bonaventure airport shortly after one of the engines experienced problems.

Lapierre’s brother-in-law, Denis Frechette, was headed to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine to join his wife, who is the late political commentator’s only living sibling after a plane crash Tuesday killed the former Liberal cabinet minister, his wife, his two brothers and one of his sisters.

“We had a scheduled stop in Bonaventure,” Frechette told RDI, Radio-Canada’s all-news channel. “There was a problem with the engine and they put the emergency measures in place. The crew really put us at ease. The landing with one engine was excellent.

“I am not scared of flying. I travelled a lot in my career, especially to outlying regions. But I took the plane despite the circumstances surrounding my family.”

The two crew members also died in the crash earlier this week as they were flying the family to eastern Quebec following the death of Lapierre’s father.