One person has died and another is considered to be in critical condition after a small plane crashed near Jasper, Alta., on Sunday, according to Alberta Health Services.
AHS said paramedics responded to the crash at about 1:30 p.m. They said one person was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was taken to hospital.
RCMP later confirmed the man who died was a 31-year-old passenger on the plane.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said a privately registered Cessna 150 departed from Jasper Airport at around 1:30 p.m. with one pilot and one passenger on board. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft “collided with ground,” according to the TSB.
An RCMP spokesperson said it’s believed the plane had just taken off when it crashed into a river near an airstrip. They added that the TSB has been called in to investigate what happened.
“The RCMP responded, with EMS and fire, to a report that a small airplane crashed in the river near the Jasper Airport,” police said in a news release issued Sunday evening. “The male pilot of the plane was transported to an Edmonton hospital by Stars Air Ambulance. He is in serious but stable condition. There is no further information available about the pilot at this time.”
Cole Hamilton told Global News he saw the plane after it had crashed and that it appeared one of the people who had been in it was responsive while the other was unresponsive and not breathing.
Highway 16 near Jasper East Park Gate was briefly closed as a result of the crash but has since reopened.
The TSB said two investigators should arrive at the scene by around 9:30 a.m. Monday.
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