All seven people onboard a small plane were killed today when it crashed and burst into a fireball near the airport in Quebec City, media reports said.
The Beechcraft King Air 100 aircraft went down shortly after takeoff from Jean Lesage Airport.
It crashed into a residential backyard about one kilometre north of the airport, Toronto Star reported.
Debris from the plane was heavily charred. There were no injuries on the ground.
The plane was reportedly heading for Sept-Iles in eastern Quebec.
The airport earlier confirmed that seven people were on board. All seven people on board — five passengers and two crew — were killed, the paper said.
Before the crash, the pilot had called the control tower to report what appears to have been engine failure.
"Quebec tower, Aeropro 201 (here), we have a right engine problem, we're going to return for landing," the pilot told the tower.
"Roger," the controller responded, and asked if the pilot needed emergency services.
"Affirmative, we are unable to climb," the pilot answered.
The flight was operated by Aeropro, a 22-year-old company that runs business and recreational charters and claims 250 employees based out of the Quebec City airport.
The accident comes one month after another plane crashed in nearby L’Isle Aux Grues, killing four people. That flight slammed into an embankment 15 minutes after takeoff and disintegrating into flames.
The national Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.