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Ultralight pilot dies in crash in Nova Scotia

08/18/2013 09:58 EDT | Updated 10/18/2013 05:12 EDT
A 65-year-old pilot died when his ultralight plane crashed Sunday in Nova Scotia's Lunenburg County, RCMP say.

Sgt. Al LeBlanc said the pilot, a man from Barss Corner, was the only person in the lightweight plane.

Emergency crews were called to the crash site near Old Barrs Corner Road at about 10:15 a.m.

LeBlanc said the plane burst into flames after crashing.

Blair Lantz, chief of the New Germany fire department, said firefighters, paramedics and RCMP had to walk in about one kilometre from the nearest road to reach the isolated wooded area.

CBC reporter Anjuli Patil said she spoke with family members of the pilot and they asked for privacy.

She said crews were expected to remain at the crash site through the early afternoon.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is underway. The Transportation Safety Board is aware of the crash but is not expected to go to the site, LeBlanc said.

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