UPDATE: 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 sent to the site, not far from the Primrose Lake Evaluation Range, following the crash.
There is no word yet on the identity of the pilot or the cause of the incident.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family,” Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan said Monday afternoon.
“It’s too preliminary to make any type of judgement, any conclusion. The best thing we can do right now is give the Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces the space to do the necessary work.”
I thought I was posting for Alberta. Too many windows open.
UPDATE from RCAF:
Shortly after 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, a single-seat CF-188 Hornet from 4 Wing Cold Lake crashed inside the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in Saskatchewan, not far from the Primrose Lake Evaluation Range. Tragically, the pilot did not survive.
The name of the pilot will not be released at this time, pending notification of next of kin.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our fallen member. A flight safety investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the incident.
Media Relations Department of National Defence