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One person dead after plane crashes during performance at Alberta air show

Last Updated Aug 31, 2019 at 11:07 pm PDT

Summary

Two small planes were performing for the Smith Fall Fair on Saturday when one of the planes disappeared

It was found an hour later east of Smith, which is a hamlet 180 kilometres north of Edmonton

Police said there was only one occupant in the plane at the time of the crash

SMITH, Alta. — One person is dead after a Chinese-built military training aircraft crashed while performing acrobatic manoeuvres during a fair and rodeo in northern Alberta.

RCMP say two small planes were performing for the Smith Fall Fair on Saturday when one of the planes disappeared.

It was found an hour later east of Smith, which is a hamlet 180 kilometres north of Edmonton.

Police said there was only one occupant in the plane at the time of the crash, and that person was pronounced dead at the scene.

They said they would not be identifying the deceased.

Transportation Safety Board spokesman Alex Fournier said the plane was a Nanchang CJ-6, which is a propeller-driven training aircraft built in China.