Otabek Oblokulov Bio – Wiki
Otabek Oblokulov lived in Houston with his family. Otabek along with his wife and kids – aged 3, 11 and 15 – were killed when their Piper PA-32 went down in the city of Kingston, Ontario, on Wednesday evening, their friends told CBC News.
A plane Crash incident in Canada
The Houston resident who piloted a plane that crashed in Kingston, Ont., Wednesday night, killing all seven aboard, had recently purchased the aircraft in Texas, in part to take his family on trips.
Otabek Oblokulov purchased his green, white, and gold 1965 Piper PA-32 in January, Anson Aviation, a flight school and plane rental company based in Sugar Land, Texas.
Transportation Safety Board officials do not yet know the cause of the crash, which killed Oblokulov, his wife, three children, and two friends from the Toronto area who were newlyweds.
A newlywed couple, Bobomurod Nabiev and his wife, who live in the Toronto area but are initially from Uzbekistan, also died on board, according to the report.
There is “no indication” of any survivors, Kingston Police Constable Ash Gutheinz said Thursday.
The small aircraft was headed to Quebec City from Buttonville Municipal Airport in Markham, Ontario, the outlet reported.
But at some point, it changed course to Kingston and crashed a few miles north of the city’s airport around 5 pm, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board confirmed.
The plane appeared to have come down on a steep incline, TSB investigator Ken Webster said yesterday.
According to CBC, the aircraft was registered in the US while Oblokulov and his family all lived in Houston, Texas.
The plane only had six seats despite there being seven people killed in the crash. It has been reported.
Authorities will probe factors including weather, maintenance, pilot training, and communications with air traffic control, Canadian TSB spokesperson Chris Krupski said.
Environment Canada had warned of winds gusting up to nearly 50 mph that night.
While the conditions weren’t as severe as expected, the weather was undoubtedly “blustery,” Gutheinz said.
Roads in the area were blocked off by police as rescue crews, including helicopters, searched for the wreckage on Wednesday evening.
Anson Air, a Sugar Land, Texas-based aviation school, had just congratulated Oblokulov on his first aircraft in March.
“Congratulations to Otabek Oblokulov on his first airplane, this beautiful Cherokee 6 260 we helped him acquire!” the school posted to Facebook, along with a photo of the pilot smiling widely with the plane.
College professor Mehmet Basti, a friend of Oblokulov, told CTV News that he was expecting to meet everyone on-board in Kingston.
He said the passengers planned to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Quebec.
Mr. Basti added: “We were waiting for the call when they landed. We couldn’t reach them. “We are in shock. We’re just trying to understand the situation.”