Investigation underway after fatal plane crash in northern Alberta
Published Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:34AM MST
Last Updated Sunday, November 18, 2012 6:26PM MST
An investigation is underway after a 52-year-old pilot died in a plane crash in northern Alberta on Saturday.
Fort Vermilion and High Level RCMP were notified at about 6:10 p.m. Saturday, that the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario had received an emergency beacon signal on a plane travelling between La Crete and High Level, Alta.
Police say the pilot of a single Turbo Prop PA-46-500TP plane was flying between High Level and La Crete when the plane flew into poor visibility due to cloud cover and heavy fog.
The weather conditions reduced visibility to 100 metres.
Police were notified by La Crete Fire and Rescue that the plane crashed a few kilometres northeast of the La Crete Airport.
A 52-year-old man, who was the lone occupant and pilot o the plane, died in the crash.
His name is not being released at this time.
RCMP and Transport Canada are investigating the crash and ask anyone with information to contact Fort Vermilion RCMP at 780-927-3258 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
La Crete is located about 668 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.