The pilot of a CF-18 fighter jet that crashed near Cold Lake, Alta., has been identified as Capt. Thomas McQueen.
The CF-188 Hornet, commonly known as the CF-18, from 4 Wing Cold Lake crashed inside the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in Saskatchewan shortly after 11 a.m on Monday.
Captain McQueen, who was a 10-year veteran of the force from Hamilton, On., did not survive.
“We are deeply saddened by this incident and express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and loved ones of Captain Thomas McQueen,” Col. Paul Doyle, 4 Wing Commander, said in a Tuesday news release.
“We now turn our attention to providing whatever support we can to his family and to our men and women here in Cold Lake, who are deeply saddened by the loss of Captain McQueen.”
The Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Armed Forces are also offering their condolences to the family in this difficult time.
Hamilton’s mayor, Fred Eisenberger, has ordered staff to lower the flag outside city hall to half-mast in honour of Capt. McQueen.
A flight safety investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the crash.