UPDATE: The Canadian Armed Forces have confirmed that the pilot of the crashed jet has been found deceased. A flight safety investigation will be launched into the incident.
Story by Chris Hunter, mylakelandnow.com
The Canadian Forces says a CF-18 fighter jet has crashed on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range within Saskatchewan.
4 Wing emergency services are on the way to look for the pilot. Whether they were able to eject in time or not is unknown at this time.
Public Affairs Officer Captain Matthew Strong has released the following statement:
“At approximately 11:09 a.m. Cold Lake local time, a CF-188 Hornet from 4 Wing Cold Lake crashed inside the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range inside Saskatchewan, not far from the Primrose Lake Evaluation Range.
4 Wing emergency services, including 417 Combat Support Squadron, are currently en route to secure the area of the crash. Our primary concern at this time is the status and safety of the aircraft’s occupant and any impact to the immediate area.
It is far too early in the situation to determine the cause of this incident, as more details become available, they will be provided.”