News Plane Crashes — 02 May 2017

Photo: A Cessna 180 was recovered from the water after it crashed into southern Alberta’s Pine Coulee Reservoir Monday, May 1, 2017.

A small plane crashed into the Pine Coulee Reservoir west of Stavely, Alta. on Monday evening.

Abby Koshney, who lives in Stavely, sent a photo of the plane lying on top of the water. He said he heard about the crash just after 7 p.m.

A spokesperson with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada did not confirm if the agency was investigating, but said it was “aware of the occurrence involving a Cessna 180” and that they were “gathering information.”

The TSB said no injuries were reported.

Chief Kelly Starling with the Claresholm Fire Department confirmed emergency crews were called to respond to reports of a plane crash.

Global News spoke to a man from the nearby Parkland Hutterite Colony who knew of the crash. He said the victim, a man, survived and used a phone on the colony to call 911. Someone from the community then drove him home.

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A small plane that crashed into southern Alberta’s Pine Coulee Reservoir Monday evening was on a test flight after recently undergoing repairs.

Nanton RCMP said the Cessna 180 aircraft experienced engine failure and crashed into the reservoir at around 5 p.m.

The pilot attempted to land on the shore but wasn’t able to reach land and crashed into the water, RCMP said in a media release Tuesday morning.

The pilot and one passenger on the plane were not injured. They were able to get to shore safely and call 911 for help from the Parkland Hutterite Colony.

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The plane was removed from the water and will be examined as part of a joint investigation by the RCMP and Transport Canada.

The Pine Coulee Reservoir is located about 12 kilometres west of Stavely, Alta.

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