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Wreckage of Lacombe plane being examined by Transportation Safety Board investigators

Pilot killed and passenger seriously injured when small plane crashed northeast of Lacombe Saturday

The wreckage of a small plane that crashed near Lacombe on Saturday has been taken to a Transportation Safety Board of Canada facility in Edmonton for examination.

Blackfalds RCMP responding to a distress beacon from the plane found the wreckage near Range Road 241 and Township Road 412, about 25 km northeast of Lacombe.

The male pilot was found dead at the scene, said police. A second male was taken to an Edmonton hospital with serious injuries.

On Sunday, two TSB investigators went to the scene of the crash.

TSB senior investigator Jared Doell said the wreckage has been removed and will be examined as part of the ongoing investigation. Doell said he could say little else about the incident this early into the investigation.

Lacombe Flying Club president Jon Fromm confirmed the pilot, who was a friend and club member, had flown out of the Lacombe airport before the crash around 5 p.m.

Fromm said out of respect for the families involved he did not want to say anything more about those involved.

The TSB examination and analysis phase of its investigation can involve reviewing all relevant documents, determining a sequence of events, conducting interviews and examining selected wreckage in the laboratory and testing certain components and systems, according to information on the TSB website.

Information from flight recorders, if they were present, will be analyzed along with other data. They may attempt to create simulations or reconstruct events and review autopsy and toxicology reports.

Investigators will also identify any safety deficiencies before making the results public and producing a report.

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