Pilot of deadly plane crash in southern Alberta had expired student permit

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THE CANADIAN PRESS Updated: December 3, 2019

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — The Transportation Safety Board says a pilot of a small plane that crashed in southeastern Alberta, killing all three people on board, had an expired student pilot permit.

The board posted new details about the collision in an occurrence report.

It also says there are no Transport Canada records that show the pilot had a licence to fly passengers at night.

The private plane was heading from Medicine Hat, Alta., to Moose Jaw, Sask., on the night of June 1.

It was reported overdue and, following a search, was found the next day in a field about 30 kilometres east of Medicine Hat.

The pilot and two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

A relative of one of those killed has said the group was returning to Saskatchewan after a party celebrating an upcoming wedding.

Nancy Filteau said her son, Justin Filteau, was killed along with two family friends.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2019.