Pilot killed as biplane crashes in Blackfalds

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A pilot has died after crashing his home-built biplane in the town of Blackfalds around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The plane went down in a field just just behind some homes. No one on the ground was hurt.

The plane was a red and white Steen Skybolt, a model used for aerial aerobatics.The pilot was the only person in the plane. He died at the scene.

The plane appeared to be experiencing engine trouble after leaving the Lacombe airport 11 kilometres to the north, RCMP said in a news release.

Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are on scene and investigating.

Blackfalds is 140 kilometres south of Edmonton.

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