December 22, 2017
Wood Buffalo, Alberta – On December 21, 2017 at approximately 5:48 p.m. the Wood Buffalo RCMP received a report of a 911 call for an aircraft crash in a remote area, approximately 46 kms south of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
It was reported a sole pilot in a 1974 Cessna 185, departed the Fort McMurray airport at 5:05 p.m. for the Wetaskiwin Airport. Approximately 10-15 minutes into the flight, the engine started running rough and was losing power. The pilot began looking for a place to land. The aircraft flipped over upon the emergency landing. The pilot called for help after he crashed.
The pilot was located via helicopter with a paramedic on board. The pilot was flown to Fort McMurray. The pilot has survived the crash with no injuries. The aircraft is in a very remote location and poses no risk to the public. Transportation Safety Board will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the aircraft crash.
Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to thank the Wood Buffalo Fire Department, Phoenix Heli-Flight, Emergency Medical Services, the Canadian Military, Transportation Safety Board, and the Fort McMurray International Airport for their assistance in this incident.
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC