Cold Lake Crash

June 11, 2011 by staff 

Cold Lake CrashCold Lake Crash, Two experienced pilots who ejected from a military plane just before the accident – and then walked away unscathed – scored his incredible survival training. “Only reinforces the work of training, the team is second to none, and technicians keep aircraft in excellent condition,” said 419 Squadron commander Lt. Col. Lee Vogan reporters, noting that he and Captain Jens Lundgren-Nielsen was not afraid during the harrowing ordeal.

“Are not you afraid in this kind of work. The training is as competent and comprehensive do not bother to be afraid … There is no point in this business.”

Its CT-155 Hawk aircraft fell from the sky around noon local time Friday near CFB Cold Lake – the second plane crash at the base since November.

The hawk dropped to about 100 meters from a house in a field southwest of Cold Lake, about 300 kilometers northeast of Edmonton, and burst into flames.

Vogan and Lundgren-Nielsen was injured after his slight decrease of doomed aircraft.

“As soon as he could get rid of my release, I looked and saw Midas (Vogan) 50 feet away, rising from the ground and clears me. That was also a very nice,” said Lundgren-Nielsen.

“I was very happy with the way they were rational. You never know how you will react in a situation like this despite all the training.”

The pilots, both teachers, were carrying out an execution – a type of examination – a student pilot in a second CT-155, said four Wing Commander Col. David Wheeler.

Both pilots heard a loud explosion and realized that there was a problem, said Wheeler.

After going through the checklist, they were forced to turn off their engines and tried to plan the flight back to base. When they realized that this could not happen, expelling about 2,500 feet, then landed in a swampy area near the plane crashed while in the field of a resident, said Wheeler.

Cold Lake RCMP, along with four wings and Cold Lake Fire Departments were the first on the scene.

The Hawk is used to train pilots for military flights.

The cause has not yet been determined, and a flight safety investigation is underway.

Vogan has flown for 23 years, while Lundgren-Nielsen has 14 years of flying experience.

Lundgren-Nielsen, Danish Forces member in contact with his family abroad and told them that all is well.

Crash on Friday comes seven months after another fatality was avoided.

On November 17 around 11:45 hours, a CF-18 fighter jet crashed while trying to land at CFB Cold Lake.

Lieutenant David Lavallee said at the time the plane was returning to the runway when something went wrong and the pilot leaves the aircraft. The pilot in that case, the captain Darren Blake’s 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron, was found safe and taken to hospital where he was soon released.

Lavallee declined to comment on whether the flight was a training or operational performance. The aircraft was destroyed.

Both the military’s director of flight safety and Transport Canada are investigating the accident in November, the second CF-18 crash in Canada in 2010.

The first occurred in July 2010 at a practice run of the Alberta International Air Show Lethbridge, Alta.

The aircraft’s pilot, Captain Brian Bews, ejected shortly before the crash and landed safely.

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