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One person has died and another was taken to hospital after a small plane crashed into a river in western Alberta.

RCMP Const. Shelley Nasheim says the aircraft was attempting to take off from an airstrip near Jasper on Sunday afternoon when it crashed into a nearby river.

Nasheim says it appears there were only two people on board.

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Alberta Health Services spokeswoman Amy Crofts confirms one of the plane’s occupants was pronounced dead, while the second was transported to hospital in critical condition.

Police say in a news release that the person who died was a 31-year-old man who was a passenger in the plane.

They say the male pilot is in serious but stable condition and was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Edmonton for treatment.

Police say the Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation of the crash.

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