A helicopter pilot killed Wednesday in a crash southwest of Slave Lake has been identified as 38-year-old Glen Freeland from Okotoks.
The helicopter, owned by an energy company, was travelling from Peace River to Calgary when its emergency beacon activated at around 12:30 p.m. MT, said Staff Sgt. Roberta McKale with Slave Lake RCMP.
RCMP and Canadian Forces members from Cold Lake were joined by two private helicopters in searching for the downed craft.
"Helicopter pilots are a big family. When one is trouble, they come," McKale said.
The downed craft was spotted in a heavily forested area about 12 kilometres southwest of Slave Lake.
The rough terrain, coupled with the cold weather, meant it was hours before rescuers were able to reach the crash, said McKale said.
"In order to land another helicopter ... [the search team] from Slave Lake was able to have three of the team come in, jump out of the helicopter and cut out a landing pad."
They found Freeland, who was the only person in the helicopter, in the wreckage.
The cause of the crash is not known, but McKale said the weather was bad at the time of the accident.
"Weather was windy. We had some snow, some blowing snow," she said.