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La Crete man identified as victim of weekend plane crash
Ernie Driedger, 52, identified as the pilot killed in a crash in northern Alberta on Saturday, November 17, is shown in an undated photo. Supplied.
Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Monday, November 19, 2012 6:11PM MST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 20, 2012 10:24AM MST
While officials from the Transportation Safety Board investigate a fatal plane crash in northern Alberta, the pilot who died has been identified.
An operations manager at a La Crete contracting company confirmed Monday that Ernie Driedger, 52, died after his plane crashed Saturday evening.
CTV News has learned Driedger was from La Crete, and the part owner of Forest Trotter Contracting Ltd. An operations manager at the company described the father of six as an experienced pilot, with years of flying experience.
On Saturday, Fort Vermilion and High Level RCMP were notified at about 6:10 p.m. that the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario had received an emergency beacon signal from a plane that was travelling between La Crete and High Level.
Police said later in the weekend that the pilot of a single engine Turbo Prop PA-46-500TP encountered cloud cover and heavy fog on the flight – reducing visibility to 100 metres.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact Fort Vermilion RCMP at 780-927-3258 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
A Turbo Prop PA-46-500TP crashed a few kilometres northeast of a Crete Airport in northern Alberta on Saturday. Officials say there was poor visibility due to cloud cover and heavy fog at the time of the crash. SUPPLIED.