RCAF commander Michael Hood says the pilot died in the accident, which occurred during a routine training mission. Hood was appearing at a Senate committee when news of the crash broke.
Cold Lake is the site of a major Canadian air force base on the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan.
“Shortly after 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, a single-seat CF-188 Hornet from 4 Wing Cold Lake crashed inside the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in Saskatchewan, not far from the Primrose Lake Evaluation Range,” the military said in a statement.
Emergency services, including 417 Combat Support Squadron, were en route to secure the area of the crash.
The pilot has not yet been identified, pending notification of kin.
MPs discussed the crash solemnly during question period.
Conservative defence critic James Bezan called the crash a “terrible, terrible accident.”
The cause of the crash currently remains unknown,
“It’s too preliminary …