Small plane crashes across Toronto-area road, leaving safety board probing how it missed runway

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Small plane crashes across Toronto-area road, leaving safety board probing how it missed runway

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A Toronto-area tow truck driver says he’s lucky to be alive after a small plane slammed across a road and just missed him near Buttonville Airport in Markham, Ont., on Tuesday afternoon.

Bill Chan captured the incident on his truck’s dash cam, and it’s been shared widely by various people online. You can see the harrowing footage below:

Chan told CBC Toronto it was his day off and he was on his way to a family meal at the time of the incident. After it happened, he said he and his colleagues rushed out to buy $300 worth of lottery tickets, hoping his luck would continue.

Meanwhile the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is investigating what caused the white Cirrus SR20 to crash.

A Twitter user posted this photo of the aircraft, which shows the proximity of the crash site to busy roads. (@sbokfan/Twitter)

The TSB said the plane went down around 2 p.m. Tuesday, and came to rest on an embankment on the north side of 16th Avenue, near Highway 404, a busy multi-lane highway. The male pilot and a single female passenger were uninjured, though the aircraft sustained significant damage. 

In a tweet, the TSB classified the crash as a “runway excursion,” meaning the plane likely overshot the runway.

Two people were aboard the small plane when it crashed on the north side of 16th Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. (@TSBCanada/Twitter)

A fence and berm are the only barrier between the airport and the road.

A TSB spokesperson said Wednesday morning that investigators deployed to the crash scene completed their on-site work yesterday evening. The plane was taken to a hangar, where investigators will have a chance to further examine the wreckage.

The cause of the incident has not yet been determined. 

This story originally appeared on CBC

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