Two killed in crash of small plane

Air­craft went down Thurs­day west of Spring­bank

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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

SYS­TEM/CAl­gArY FrEE­lAnCE

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