The pilot who died in a CF-18 crash has been identified as a Hamilton man.
Capt. Thomas McQueen’s plane went down near the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary during a routine training mission Monday morning.
A flight safety investigation was launched following the crash and is yet to report on what may have caused it.
McQueen was engaged to be married and his fiancee lives in the Cold Lake area.
Lt.-Gen. Mike Hood, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, said in a statement that the organization has “lost a member of our RCAF family, and it hurts.”
“We will support the family of Captain McQueen, and his squadron, to the fullest. And while the investigation determines the cause of this incident, I commend our men and women who through their grief will continue to serve Canada to their fullest. Thomas, we will miss you.”
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In Hamilton, Mayor Fred Eisenberger has said the flag outside City Hall will be lowered to half-staff.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Captain McQueen’s family, friends and colleagues, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces during this difficult time,” he said in a statement.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also expressed his condolences, saying he was “profoundly saddened” by the news.
“This accident is another painful reminder of the dangers that members of the Canadian Armed Forces face every day to ensure the safety and security of our citizens,” he said in a statement. “Their courage, their bravery, and the sacrifices they make represent the very best of what it means to be Canadian. I would also like to thank all first responders for their efforts on that tragic day.”
With files from Jen Watson and Briana Carnegie