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Pilot safe after plane crashes near Calgary

April 25, 2013, Calgary – The pilot of a twin-engine Cessna escaped injured when his plane crashed near Calgary on Wednesday.

April 25, 2013
By The Canadian Press

April 25, 2013, Calgary – The pilot of a twin-engine Cessna escaped injured when his plane crashed near Calgary on Wednesday.

Emergency crews from several fire departments rushed to the scene northeast of Cochrane.

Officials initially said three people were on board but they later realized the pilot was the lone occupant and the other two people who passersby who had stopped to help.

The 37-year-old pilot was taken to hospital by EMS as a precaution.

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Officials say one engine failed, and the pilot was in communication with the Springbank Airport but did not make it to the tarmac.

The pilot managed to pull off a 'belly landing' and get out of the plane by himself. Both wings and the tail were broken off.

"He did an excellent job of putting the plane down," says Cpl. Gary Fedrau from the RCMP. "It could have been a lot worse."

Investigators with the Transportation Safety Board have been called in.


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