Plane tragedy strikes student

Four die in Algonquin Park crash after visiting daughter at Queen’s

A trip to Kingston over the weekend ended in tragedy for a Sudbury family after the plane they were travelling in crashed over Algonquin Park, killing all four people onboard.

The deceased have been identified as the plane’s pilot, Kevin Houle and his wife Lorry Lemaire, both 50, their daughter Emily, 17 and her boyfriend Michael Rollins, also 17. The Houles had been in Kingston to visit Emily’s older sister, Amber, a second-year engineering physics student at Queen’s.

The Piper PA-28 they were flying was set to leave Kingston at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday evening and arrive in Sudbury around 6:30 p.m. According to the Toronto Star, Michael’s family members became concerned when the plane failed to show up in Sudbury on time. It’s unknown what time the Houles left Kingston airport.

A Facebook group has been created in honour of Emily and Michael, with more than 4,725 members when the Journal went to press.

Friends and family members of Amber Houle couldn’t be reached for comment.

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