COCHRANE, Alta.—Calgary's Mount Royal University confirms two of its flight instructors were killed in a crash of one of the school's aviation diploma program aircraft.
RCMP said the crash happened yesterday afternoon east of Highway 40, northwest of Cochrane.
They also said the accident was witnessed by another aircraft and reported to authorities around 5 p.m.
Alberta EMS later sent out a tweet saying they had been cleared from the scene, and that no one had been taken to hospital.
Mount Royal president David Docherty said in a statement that the deaths are a devastating loss to the university.
The Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
Cpl. Curtis Peters, an RCMP spokesman, said there are acreages and ranches in the area where the crash occurred.
He noted police, an air ambulance, military aircraft, and the Calgary police helicopter were part of a major emergency response to the area.
“They discovered the site and unfortunately both of the people on board were killed,” Peters said.
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends, colleagues, and students of these two instructors,” Docherty said in his statement.
He added the university's immediate focus is on supporting those affected by the deaths, and that services have been made available to all students and instructors.
The university was expected to comment further on the crash later today.