The RCMP is now taking over the investigation of a stolen plane that crash landed in Peterborough.
It was back on Friday, August 12th when 20-year-old, Mohammad Hassan Chaudhary of Markham was killed after the small Piper Tomahawk aircraft he allegedly stole from the Markham Airport crash landed just before 1:30 a.m. near the Landsdowne Place mall in Peterborough’s south end, which is about 140 kilometres east of Toronto.
According to his father, Afzal Chaudhary, his son lived with schizophrenia and he couldn’t believe that he was able to steal the plane and fly it without having any experience as a pilot in training.
The Mounties have met with Afzal several times and are trying to understand his son’s mental state while piecing together the motive behind stealing the plane.
No injuries were reported in the incident.
However, police have indicated that they did recognize the suspect from surveillance video and arrested him at his home in Markham after seizing a pellet gun. He was suspected in an alleged armed robbery at a gas station with a pellet gun in September 2015.
Investigators are trying to find out if Mohammad Hassan Chaudhary had any ties to extremism.