Pilot not injured in crash northwest of Calgary
Officials say pilot lucky to escape without injury
The pilot of a small plane walked away uninjured after the aircraft crashed between Cochrane and Calgary Wednesday afternoon.
Cochrane RCMP say the plane — with one person on board — made "an unplanned landing" in a field near Lochend Road off Highway 1A around 4:05 p.m. MT.
The pilot, a 37-year-old man from Calgary, was flying a Grumman GA-7 Cougar when one of the engines failed and he was unable to maintain altitude.
He contacted the Springbank Airport before being able to "belly land" the plane in a farmer's field, according to officials.
The man was taken to a Calgary hospital as a precaution and the plane was damaged.
Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Chris Krepski said investigators will not be deployed.
"Instead, the board will work with RCMP and the aircraft's owner to determine why the plane's engine stopped working," he said.
The twin engine plane had departed from Springbank Airport earlier in the afternoon.