Plane Flying ‘Will You Marry Me’ Banner Crashes and Kills Passenger, Injures Pilot

by Courtney Blackann

It’s a heartbreaking end to a marriage proposal. A plane carrying a “will you marry me?” banner went down in Canada Saturday. The impact killed one passenger and injured the pilot. The beautiful sentiment was destroyed in seconds. The plane was engulfed in flames.

It’s unknown if the passenger of the Cessna 172 was the person behind the marriage proposal. However, the tragedy is just as jarring. Many details of the crash remain under investigation. However, here’s what we know about the accident.

According to the Daily Mail, the plane took off from the St-Mathieu-de-Laprairie Airport. About 15 minutes after take off, authorities learned of the crash. The exact location was at Parc Dieppe near the Concorde Bridge of Montreal’s Ile Sainte-Hélène. This was near a music festival. However, it’s uncertain whether the plane was intentionally trying to fly over the concert.

Several witnesses saw the wreckage and called local police. Others documented the crash, showing black smoke, flames and firefighters attempting to put out the blaze.

“We are looking to speak to the pilot when possible,” Transportation Safety Board spokesman Chris Krepski said. He added: “We haven’t ruled out anything yet. We need to take a close look at everything.”

Authorities believe the banner fell off before the plane hit the ground. They are still searching for it.

Pilot in Plane Crash Identified

Further, authorities identified the pilot of the Cessna 172 as Gian Pierro Ciambella. He memorably landed the same plane in a 2006 emergency. At the time, many hailed him as a hero for the landing. He also kept every passenger safe during the incident.

Authorities said a distress call went out prior to the Saturday crash. However, it’s unclear at this time what the underlying issue was.

Witnesses who saw the plane flying the banner didn’t notice anything unusual about the plane’s altitude. There were no abnormalities about how it was flying, they told law enforcement.

Ciambella is being treated at a local hospital for his injuries.

Lake Tahoe Crash Claims Lives of Three

This year, several incidents were recorded when small planes crashed en route to their destinations.

Just months ago, another devastating incident took place. This event happened when a small, private plane crashed in Lake Tahoe.

The plane, bound for an airport in Northern California, went down in a wooded area near the airport, officials reported.

Three lives were claimed. Their identities were not released at the time. During the incident, the crash also sparked a small fire. Firefighters were quick to put out the flames, though no one in the plane could be saved.

“We haven’t positively identified anyone on that aircraft,” Coroner Shannon Moon said. “We’re not releasing any of the potential names or any things that…we’ve been hearing some surmising on some questions as to who was on that aircraft.”

She continued, “At this time, we haven’t confirmed any positive identifications so we’re not releasing any information.

Moon added, “that is also to make sure that we absolutely care for the victims’ families who we have not notified because the victims haven’t been notified.”

The plane originally took off from Idaho. It’s unknown what caused the crash.