QUEBEC PROVINCE, CANADA - An emergency demolition
project related to a bizarre plane crash has reportedly
set a new world record for tallest structure ever
On Sunday, April 22nd 2001, 38-year old Gilbert
Paquette was killed when his single-engine Cessna
150 struck a 1,217-foot tall communications tower
while flying in heavy fog over a remote region of
upper Quebec Province.
first, local townspeople and rescue crews were
perplexed by the lack of debris at the crash scene.
It wasnt until several hours later that
a policeman poring over the site happened to look
upward and notice the aircrafts main fuselage
firmly wedged into the tower approximately 1,100
feet above the ground. Within a short time, the
local coroner had surveyed the wreckage via helicopter
and pronounced Mr. Paquette deceased.
the obvious human tragedy, tower technicians dispatched
to the site described the accident as a technological
nightmare. The planes impact had knocked
the massive structure several feet off-center,
affecting Quebecs primary Canadian Broadcasting
Company transmission point as well as a host of
radio station, GPS and cell-phone transmitters.