Two killed in crash of small plane
Aircraft went down Thursday west of Springbank
RCMP are investigating after a small plane crashed just west of Calgary on Thursday morning.
Stuart Brideaux, a spokesman for Calgary EMS, said two males were found dead and RCMP are investigating.
Brideaux said there were multiple calls from witnesses saying they saw a plane flying low and then going down.
The first reports of a downed plane came in just after 10 a.m.
RCMP from Cochrane attended the scene near Calaway Park in the area near the Springbank Airport.
At the time, fire and smoke in the area was causing reduced visibility on highways and police were warning people to use caution while driving the area roads.
Transport Canada reported that the plane was owned by Springbank Air Training College Ltd., which operates out of the Springbank Airport.
On Thursday afternoon, college president Jayme Hepfner released a statement, confirming an instructor and student had died in the crash.
“My deepest sympathies go out to the families involved and I want to ensure them that I will do my best to support the investigation,” read the release.
“As the shock and grief continues to set in, I want to ensure that our staff and students have the support they need to get through this tragedy.
“There are many questions to be answered and I plan to take it step by step to try to provide peace to the families and the greater aviation community.”
The plane was a Piper PA34-200T, which crashed one mile south of the airport in a field just after takeoff, according to the early occurrence report by Transport Canada.
As the shock and grief continues to set in, i want to ensure that our staff and students have the support they need to get through this tragedy. Jayme Hepfner, Springbank Air Training College