Pilot killed in plane crash northeast of Slave Lake


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An 84-year-old pilot has been killed in a plane crash northeast of Slave Lake.

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On Tuesday, at about 11:30 a.m., Slave Lake RCMP responded to a distress beacon reported by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre of a possible plane crash in the area of Marten Mountain, approximately 11 kilometres northeast of Slave Lake.

The location of the crash was identified in rugged terrain with dense, forested hills and limited access. On Aug. 31, the search was limited to the ground due to the rain and low ceiling for air traffic. The search included RCMP, Lesser Slave Regional Fire Services and Search and Rescue, Alberta Agricultural and Forestry, and Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue technicians and medics.

On Wednesday, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre located in Trenton, Ont., deployed Search and Rescue, CC-130H Hercules aircraft from 435 Squadron located in Winnipeg, Man., and a CH-146 Griffon helicopter from 417 Combat Support Squadron in Cold Lake, Alta., to help both ground and air crews.

Due to the terrain, dense forest and weather conditions, the search was put on hold overnight. On Thursday, the plane and its lone pilot, an 84-year-old man from Rosthern, Sask. were found. The pilot was declared dead at the scene.

RCMP said the pilot was travelling from Alberta to Saskatchewan and the cause of the crash is yet to be determined.

Police continue to investigate, along with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, who is investigating the cause of the crash.