Two dead in plane crash


Two people were killed in a plane crash Wednesday night near Goderich.

Witnesses reported seeing a small airplane flying in distress near Goderich Municipal Sky Harbour Airport Wednesday at 8:43 p.m. A ground, air and water search was immediately launched by the OPP and the Trenton Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre. There was also assistance from the Huron OPP, the Goderich Fire Department and Huron County Paramedic Services.

At 2:30 a.m. Thursday, the Huron OPP Marine Unit located crash debris from a small, fixed wing plane in Lake Huron about 1.5 kilometres from the shoreline west of the airport. Police also located an adult female nearby in the water. She was transported to hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She was later identified as Veronica Draghici, 36, of Brampton.

Then just before noon on Friday, members of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unity (USRU) found the second victim inside the heavily damaged two-seat, Cessna 150 J airplane. The discovery was made not far from the area where the first victim was found. The deceased was identified as Edward Grodecki, 62, from Oakville.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) with assistance from the OPP and the Office of the Coroner.