A pilot died Monday morning after a CF-18 fighter jet crashed near Cold Lake, Alta., the commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force confirmed.
A CF-188 Hornet, commonly known as a CF-18, from 4 Wing Cold Lake crashed inside the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range inside Saskatchewan at 11:09 a.m.
Public affairs officer Mathew Strong said emergency crews were en route to the crash site.
“Our primary concern at this time is the status and safety of the aircraft’s occupant and any impact to the immediate area,” Strong said.
#RCAF helicopter crews dispatched to Cold Lake Training Area to conduct search for pilot following crash of CF-18
— Canadian Forces (@CanadianForces) November 28, 2016
— RCAF (@RCAF_ARC) November 28, 2016
There is no word yet on the identity of the pilot or the cause of the incident. More information to come.