‘Ottawa’ Pilot dead after CF-18 Hornet from 4 Wing Cold Lake crashes inside air weapons range
A Canadian Forces fighter jet from 4 Wing Cold Lake has crashed inside the air weapons range on the Saskatchewan side of the border.
“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,” said Capt. Mat Strong, public affairs officer for 4 Wing Cold Lake, in a Monday statement.
Emergency services, along with 417 Combat Squadron, were sent to the area of the crash but as yet not information about the condition of the pilot or cause of the crash is known.
Cold Lake is about 295 km northeast of Edmonton.
Cold Lake has not seen a downed jet since June 2011 when a CT-155 Hawk trainer jet crash landed when a jet engine blade malfunctioned.
Pilots Col. Lee Vogan and Capt. Jens Lundgreen-Nielsen ejected from the aircraft after unsuccessful attempts to glide the plane back to the Cold Lake runway.