A CF-18 pilot died Monday when a fighter jet crashed near Cold Lake, Alta.
The CF-18 from 4 Wing Cold Lake went down just after 11 a.m. local time on the Saskatchewan side of the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, said Capt. Mat Strong, public affairs officer with 4 Wing Cold Lake.
Emergency services were securing the scene, and a flight safety investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of accident, Strong said.
Officials declined to provide further details on the identity of the pilot, saying they were still in the process of notifying next of kin. 
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said his immediate focus is on the victim’s family.
“It’s too preliminary to make any type of judgments and conclusions,” Sajjan told reporters in Ottawa not long after the crash was first reported. “The best thing we can do right now is to give the Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces the space to be able to do the necessary work and — and then …