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Pilot dies in Canada fighter jet crash

Plane goes down in Alberta training area, country's defence department says

Calgary: A Canadian CF-18 fighter pilot died after his jet crashed in a training area in Alberta, the country’s defence department said on Monday, without releasing the name of the pilot.

The incident happened near the community of Cold Lake, home to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 4 Wing Cold Lake, the busiest fighter base in Canada, according to the defence department.

The base, used to train Canada’s fighter pilots, attracts international crews to its annual air combat exercise, Maple Flag, according to the department.

In July, a plane crashed in Cold Lake during a military air show, killing the pilot.