A Canadian CF-18 fighter pilot died after his jet crashed on Monday in a training area near Cold Lake, Alberta, the country’s military said, without releasing the name of the pilot. “A flight safety investigation will be conducted to determine the cause,” the Royal Canadian Air Force tweeted. “The name will not be released until next of kin are notified.” While the air force called the matter an accident, it did not elaborate on its circumstances.
The incident happened near the community of Cold Lake, which is close to the neighboring province of Saskatchewan and is home to 4 Wing Cold Lake, the busiest fighter base in Canada, according to the defense department. The crashed pilot was from 4 Wing and crashed his CF-188 Hornet at about 11 a.m. local time in the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in Saskatchewan, said Captain Mat Strong, public affairs officer for the base.
A defense department spokeswoman said helicopters were dispatched following the incident. The base, used to train Canada’s fighter pilots, attracts international crews to its annual air combat exercise, Maple Flag, according to the department. In July, a plane crashed in Cold Lake during a military air show, killing the pilot.