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Canada fighter jet crashes, pilot condition unknown – military

CALGARY, Alberta A Canadian CF-18 fighter jet has crashed near the community of Cold Lake in the western Canadian province of Alberta, and the condition of the pilot is unknown, the country’s defence department said on Monday.

A spokesman for Canada’s Department of National Defence said a helicopter has been dispatched to search for the pilot. He did not have details of how many people were on board or whether the jet was on a training exercise or conducting military operations.

Cold Lake is 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 is home of Canada’s fighter pilot training, according to the department.

(Reporting by Ethan Lou and Nia Williams; Editing by Chris Reese and Diane Craft)