Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 18, 2010 11:08 ET

CF-18 Hornet Crashes Near 4 Wing Cold Lake

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2010) - At approximately 11:45 p.m. MST on November 17, a CF-18 Hornet fighter jet crashed in a field approximately 13 kilometers northwest of 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alta.

The pilot, Captain Darren Blakie of 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron, successfully ejected from the aircraft and was taken to hospital upon being recovered. He is in good condition and is being released from hospital.

The exact cause of the crash is unknown at this time. The Directorate of Flight Safety has begun an investigation into the crash.

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