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Okotoks man dead after helicopter crash near Slave Lake
Linda Hoang, CTV Edmonton
Published Thursday, December 6, 2012 9:44AM MST
Last Updated Thursday, December 6, 2012 12:49PM MST
A 38-year-old man is dead after a helicopter crash near Slave Lake.
Slave Lake RCMP said they were notified of an emergency beacon activated by a helicopter in the area at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The downed helicopter, a Robinson R-44II, was located in a heavily bushed hillside area approximately 12 kilometres southwest of the Town of Slave Lake.
The pilot, a 38-year-old man from Okotoks, was the lone occupant of the helicopter and was found dead in the wreckage.
Investigators have determined the helicopter was flying from Peace River to Calgary.
The cause of the collision is under investigation.
RCMP say two helicopter companies in the Slave Lake area, along with the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton and Cold Lake, and the Slave Lake ESRD were all instrumental in responding and assisting in the crash.
Police say Glen Freeland, 38, died in the crash.