The RCMP are investigating after a Cessna aircraft crashed southwest of Calgary on Sunday evening, killing the pilot.

According to police, they were called to the scene at about 5:46 p.m., to an area off Highway 22 near Chimney Rock Road, about 8 km south of Chain Lakes Provincial Park.

When they got there, they found the pilot had died on impact.

The name of the 37-year-old pilot won’t be released until next of kin are notified, but some information about him has been released.

The man was a pilot from Spruce Grove, Alberta who worked for Edmonton-based Alta Flights Charters. A company manager confirms the plane was a Cessna 172 on patrol monitoring pipelines in the area.

Investigators say the pilot took off from the Edmonton area, and his plane was pointed north when it crashed.

It reportedly skidded for a distance and crashed into a creek embankment. Pieces of the plane sit strewn across a local rancher’s field.

The Transportation Safety Board is now assisting RCMP with the investigation.