Pilot bring out himself at the last moment in a jet crash at wooded area near Canadian Forces Base.
The pilot was rescued more than two hours later by a Griffon helicopter crew from Lake.
Hoey said the emergency response to the crash was immediate.
"I think due to the weather and the fact that it was dark just made it difficult to find him."
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
The crash is the second in Alberta involving a CF-18 in about four months.