A man is dead and another was flown to an Edmonton hospital after their plane crashed late Saturday afternoon just northeast of Lacombe, Alta.
Blackfalds RCMP responded to a distress beacon from a small plane around 4:45 p.m. Mounties found the downed aircraft in a remote and rural area near the intersection of Range Road 241 and Township Road 412.
The pilot was found dead at the scene. The passenger was extracted from the wreckage with serious injuries, RCMP say.
STARS air ambulance was dispatched to the scene after receiving reports about the crash around 5:30 p.m., a spokesperson told CBC News. The paramedics flew the passenger, who was in critical condition, to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.
The identities of both men are being held because next-of-kin have not yet been notified, RCMP say.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada sent two investigators to the scene Sunday, a spokesperson said. They will gather information, document the scene and "determine the next steps" of the investigation.
Lacombe is about 120 kilometres south of Edmonton.