Plane crashes at weekend near Lacombe and Westlock kills 1, at least 4 in hospital


Edmonton –

Transportation Safety Board investigators are investigating two unrelated plane crashes in central Alberta over Thanksgiving weekend.

A male pilot has died and his male passenger is hospitalized with serious injuries after a plane crashed Saturday afternoon in a rural area northeast of Lacombe, Alta.

Blackfalds RCMP said officers responded to an aircraft distress beacon near Range Road 241 and Township Road 412.

The gendarmes say that the pilot was found dead at the scene. His passenger was taken to a hospital in the Edmonton area.

The TSB has not yet been able to clarify what type of aircraft was involved, describing it only as “small”.

In another crash, Westlock RCMP responded to a plane crash at Westlock Airport in Clyde, about 90 kilometers north of Edmonton, shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

The gendarmes say the plane overturned and suffered serious damage. Police did not have details of the severity of injuries to the four people on board.

Three of the people on the plane were taken to hospital and mounted police said the status of the fourth person was unknown.

TSB investigators are on their way to investigate the two accidents.

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