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RCMP Cold Lake – Plane Crash

Update #2
Cold Lake, Alberta – RCMP investigators have removed the body of the pilot from the crashed aircraft.   The Department of National Defence Search and Rescue team assisted the RCMP.
The body of the 38 year old pilot has been transported to the Edmonton Medical Examiners office.
The Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation in to the crash.
Update #1

Cold Lake, Alberta – The plane crash that had occurred on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range yesterday has resulted in one fatality.  With the assistance of the Department of National Defence Search and Rescue (SAR), the body of a 38-year-old male and sole occupant of the aircraft was recovered from the scene of the crash late May 22, 2015.  The deceased was a civilian pilot, operating an Air Tractor water bomber.  The pilot and plane had been under contract to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Development (ESRD) and was in the area as part of wild land firefighting operations. The next of kin have been notified and the RCMP will not be releasing the identity of the deceased.

The Office of the Medical Examiner has been notified and will be assisting with determining the cause of death.

Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board are currently on route to the crash site and will be working to determine the cause of the crash. Wildfire conditions in the area are making access to the crash site difficult, but the scene has been secured for investigators.

Original News Release

On May 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm Cold Lake RCMP were notified of a plane crash that had occurred on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range. The site is remote and investigators attended the site via helicopter. The aircraft in question is operating under contract to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Development (ESRD) and was in the area as part of wild land firefighting operations. There is no word yet on the condition of the pilot or any occupants.
The Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will be attending the scene.
More information will be released when it becomes available.

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