Stavely, Alberta – RCMP and Transport Canada are investigating after a small aircraft made a crash landing in Pine Coulee reservoir last night.
Shortly after 5:00 pm on May 1, Nanton RCMP were notified that a Cessna 180 aircraft had crashed into the water of Pine Coulee reservoir near Stavely. RCMP attended the scene and interviewed the pilot and other witnesses to determine what happened.
The aircraft was on a test flight after recent repairs when it experienced engine failure. The pilot attempted to land on the shore near the reservoir but was unable to reach land and crashed into the water. The pilot and one passenger on board were not injured and were able to get to shore and contact authorities for help. The plane was removed from the water and will be examined by investigators from Transport Canada as part of the investigation.