COLD LAKE, Alta. - A small air tanker used for fire suppression crashed Friday afternoon about 100 kilometres east of Lac La Biche, Alta., killing the 37-year-old pilot and sole passenger.Jeff Barry of Conair Aerial Firefighting, a contractor for the Alberta government, said the pilot was in his fourth firefighting season with the company."We've sent our accident investigation team and we'll be co-operating with the Transportation Safety Board and the Alberta ESRD (Environment and Sustainable Resource Development) folks will be there as well," said Barry.Barry said the plane was a single-seater Air Tractor 802, known in the company as the "Fire Boss." The company's website said the amphibious plane is used to scoop up water from lakes or deliver fire retardent.Crews in northern Alberta have been fighting wildfires for more than a week. As of Friday, more than two dozen fires were burning but none were listed as out of control.Warm and dry conditions have increased the fire hazard to high or extreme in some areas.The TSB said Friday it would send investigators to the scene on Saturday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Conair.
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