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Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice dies in plane crash

Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice dies in plane crash

Sources confirm Former Premier Jim Prentice is among four people who died after a plane bound for Alberta crashed in BC.

"Words can not begin to express our profound shock and heartbreak", the statement from Prentice's family said.

September 15, 2014: Sworn in as Alberta premier. He won the PC party leadership in September 2014 and lost the provincial election in May 2015.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also issued a statement about Prentice's death.

Current Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Prentice deeply loved Alberta and said she benefited from his advice.

Manmeet Bhullar, a former Tory cabinet minister and rising political star whom Prentice had mentored since his youth, died at age 35.

Former cabinet minister James Moore called Prentice a proud Albertan and great Canadian.

Green Leader Elizabeth May said Prentice showed "genuine concern" in protecting the environment and took a "principled stance" in rejecting the Prosperity Mine near Fish Lake in B.C.in 2010.

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Several residents who live in the area say they heard what they thought was the sounds of a plane flying low, followed by a loud noise.

Now team of investigators from the Transportation Safety Board are on their way to the scene of the crash near Kelowna.

The Cessna Citation jet had departed from Kelowna and was headed toward Springbank, Alta., a rural community near Calgary, said Bill Yearwood of the Transportation Safety Board.

Zwozdesky offered condolences to Prentice's wife Karen and family, as well as the families of the other victims in the plane crash that killed four people on Thursday.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl.

Dan Moskaluk confirmed police were alerted when the private business-style jet lost radar contact.

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