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The sole occupant of a small plane performing in the Smith Fall Fair in northern Alberta has died after the aircraft crashed.
Slave Lake RCMP and emergency crews responded to a crash site east of the hamlet of Smith at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, a news release said.
RCMP said two small planes were performing acrobatic manoeuvres for spectators at the Smith Fall Fair when one disappeared. It was discovered an hour later, and the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.
Transport Canada has been contacted as the investigation continues.
“Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this time,” RCMP Const. Chantelle Kelly said in the release.
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Police are not releasing the victim’s identity, though a spokesman for the fair confirmed the pilot was from the Smith area.
Anyone who was taking video of the air show around noon is being asked to contact the Slave Lake RCMP detachment at 780-849-3999. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Smith is approximately 214 kilometres north of Edmonton.
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