Former Alberta premier Prentice killed in plane crash - media | Reuters

 Former Alberta premier Prentice killed in plane crash - media
| Reuters

By Nia Williams
| CALGARY, Alberta

CALGARY, Alberta Former Alberta premier and Canadian federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice has died in a plane crash in British Columbia, local media reported on Friday.Authorities could not immediately confirm the news. But Canada's Transportation Safety Board and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they were investigating the wreckage of a downed aircraft that was traveling to Calgary, Alberta, which crashed shortly after its takeoff from Kelowna, British Columbia, on Thursday night.Local media reported the plane was a corporate jet and four people on board had died.

"Several resources were immediately dispatched to the jet’s last known location," said RCMP spokesman Corporal Dan Moskaluk, "RCMP investigators located the crash site approximately 4 km into a heavily wooded area north of Beaver Lake Road east of Lake Country."

Current Alberta Premier Rachel Notley canceled a planned appearance on Friday morning, although her office did not give the reason why.Prentice was leader of oil-rich Alberta for less than a year, until his Conservative Party was defeated by the left-leaning NDP party in May 2015. Before that he served as a federal cabinet minister.

(Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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Updated Date: Oct 14, 2016 23:17:07 IST