ALBERTA

Helicopter pilot killed in crash, found in woods in northern Alberta

01/28/2013 06:13 EST | Updated 03/30/2013 05:12 EDT
FOX CREEK, Alta. - The pilot of a helicopter has died in a crash in northern Alberta.

Mounties say the chopper went down Sunday night in a wooded area near Fox Creek, about 260 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

A team of officers, firefighters and military searched the area on foot and by plane.

They found the wreckage Monday morning north of the Berland River.

The pilot's name has not been released, but the helicopter was owned by Gemini Helicopters of Grande Prairie, Alta.

"We want to thank all who searched diligently throughout the night and we appreciate patience while the next of kin are being notified," Gemini Helicopters said in a statement late Monday afternoon.

"Above all, we cannot begin to describe the sorrow and grief we share with the family, friends and colleagues of our pilot."

Gemini provides charter services to the oil and gas region.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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