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An eye witness, André Marcoux, who lives in the area and was parking his car in his driveway at the time, said he heard strange sounds coming from the helicopter, and believes the helicopter's engine failed.
Hugh Haugland, the 44-year old cameraman on board, was gathering footage of damage from a tornado that struck in Mont Laurier, PQ on Tuesday. Haugland, the son of CTV Montreal anchor Bill Haugland, was a veteran cameraman and had been with CTV for 24 years.
The pilot, Roger Belanger, reportedly had more than 10,000 flying hours.