WATCH ABOVE: A routine training missing at CFB Cold Lake ended in tragedy Monday as a fighter pilot lost control of his CF-18 fighter jet. Investigators with the Department of National Defence are working to determine a cause. Kim Smith reports.
A Hamilton man has been identified as the pilot who died in the crash of a CF-18 fighter jet late Monday morning.
Capt. Thomas McQueen’s single-seat fighter crash during a routine training mission over the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in Saskatchewan, near the boundary with Alberta.
Col. Paul Doyle, commanding officer of 4 Wing Cold Lake, says McQueen had been with the military for 10 years and was engaged to be married. His fiancee lives in the Cold Lake area.
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Col. Doyle says McQueen’s energy and dedication made him a leader among his peers.
An investigation into the crash is underway.