A small plane with four people on board had to make an emergency landing at the Fort McMurray International Airport and crashed just before reaching a runway.
Investigators with the Transportation Safety Board and Wood Buffalo RCMP say a Cessna 208 Caravan crashed near the Fort McMurray International Airport sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The pilot was flying from Camrose towards the Fort McMurray International Airport, the flight’s planned destination, when the individual reported the plane was having engine trouble.
Brad Grainger, deputy operations chief for Wood Buffalo Emergency Services, says the plane was still in the air when firefighters and ambulances were dispatched.
“At some point, the plane mush have lost engine power or started to lose it, forcing the pilot to make the emergency landing that was necessary,” he said.
The plane crashed in an area between the runway and Highway 69, just outside the airport’s fence line. Jillian Philipp, a spokesperson for the Fort McMurray Airport Authority, said it did not crash on airport property or cause any nearby structural damage. No one needed to be brought to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre.
RCMP said no charges are expected.