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One dead, one in critical after plane crashes into river near Jasper, Alberta

Last Updated Jul 21, 2019 at 5:19 pm PDT

A small plane crashed into a river in western Alberta. (CityNews)
Summary

One person has died and another was taken to hospital after a small plane crashed into a river in western Alberta

RCMP say the aircraft was attempting to take off from an airstrip near Jasper on Sunday afternoon when it crashed

The identities of the two people have not yet been released

JASPER, Alta. — One person has died and another was taken to hospital after a small plane crashed into a river in western Alberta.

The Jasper RCMP released a statement saying they are investigating, along with the Transportation safety Board of Canada.

“On July 21 at 1:30 p.m., the RCMP responded, with EMS and Fire, to a report that a small airplane crashed in the river near the Jasper Airport. 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. The 31-year-old male passenger of the plane was determined to be deceased at the scene of the crash,” according to Const. Shelley Nasheim.

She says there were only two people on board.

Their identities have not yet been released.

With files from the Canadian Press