By Joanne Laucius

A single-engine aircraft crashed off the runway at the Carp Airport on Wednesday afternoon, killing the pilot.

Police say that person was believed to be the only one on the plane and was located deceased at the scene.

In a release, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said it was deploying a team of investigators to the site of an accident involving a Blackshape BS100 airplane.

The independent federal agency is responsible for investigating occurrences in air, marine, pipeline and rail transportation. Ottawa police say any further information will come from the TSB.

The plane is registered with the high-tech executive Neil Spriggs of Kinburn, the CEO of Ottawa-based Nanometrics Seismic Monitoring Solutions. He also has a commercial pilot’s licence and flight instructor rating.

The Blackshape BS100 is a high-performance Italian-manufactured tandem two-seater with a frame made from carbon fibre. The plane registered to Spriggs was manufactured in 2015 and is listed as being imported in August 2019.

Spriggs, who has a degree in oceanography, had worked for geophysics organizations around the world and joined Nanometrics as the sales manager in 1992 and became CEO in 2015.

Mark Braithwaite, the owner and chief flight instructor at MNB Aviation, based at the Carp Airport, said he was not at the airport on Wednesday, but news of the crash has been circulating on social media.

“It’s been a pretty tough time for all of us,” he said.

Ottawa Fire Services said it was notified at 1:05 p.m. that a small plane had crashed near the Carp Airport and when firefighters arrived they saw smoke coming from a wooded area south of the airport.

Firefighters searched the area alongside police and paramedics and the plane was located in a forested area south of the runway.

Fire crews used portable extinguishers to bring the fire under control before stretching a hose line to fully extinguish the fire.

Dave White, the owner of Ken White Construction on March Road, said his daughter drew his attention to black smoke coming from behind some trees he can see from his office.

“We could see where the plane went down. But that’s all we saw.”

The Carp Airport would not comment on the crash.

-With files from Megan Gillis, Blair Crawford, Shaamini Yogaretnam