03/30/2016 17:23 EDT | Updated 03/31/2017 01:12 EDT

Safety board begins probe into plane crash that killed Jean Lapierre

ILES-DE-LA-MADELEINE, Que. — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has begun its investigation into the plane crash that killed ex-cabinet minister Jean Lapierre and six other people.

Investigator Mike Cunningham said today a six-member team has started collecting evidence from the crash site in a field near the airport in Havre-aux-Maisons in the Iles-de-la-Madeleine.

Lapierre, his wife, three of his siblings and both crew members died Tuesday when the plane they were travelling in crashed on its landing approach about three kilometres from the airport.

Cunningham says the first phase of his investigation consists of collecting as much data as possible in order to determine what may have caused the crash.

Once the team finishes documenting the wreckage it will transport the whole aircraft to the safety board's engineering office in Ottawa for analysis and testing.

There were no survivors in the crash of the Mitsubishi turboprop.


The Canadian Press