Four days of searching yields no signs of missing aircraft

Search and rescue are currently looking in the Revelstoke area for a plane that went missing on its way from Penticton to Edmonton.

2147
Photo of a single-engine Mooney aircraft. Search and rescue crews are currently looking for a plane of this type that failed to arrive at its Edmonton destination. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Update: Thursday, Nov. 30. 4:55 p.m.

The efforts of search and rescue crews looking for a missing single-engine aircraft continue to be hampered by poor weather conditions.

A Cormorant helicopter, a Buffalo aircraft and a Parks Canada helicopter spent the day looking for the missing plane and its two occupants, but did not find any signs of the single-engine Mooney aircraft which has been missing since Saturday night.

Update: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 10:25 a.m.

Weather continues to create challenges for search and rescue teams looking for a single-engine plane that went missing while travelling from Penticton to Edmonton.

Three aircraft are involved in today’s search: a Cormorant helicopter, a Buffalo aircraft and a Parks Canada helicopter.

Joint Rescue Coordination Centre spokesperson Katelyn Moores said the search is currently focused on an area 10 nautical miles north of Revelstoke. The search area was narrowed down on Monday based on a cellphone ping as well as North American Radar Arrow Space Defence Command (NORAD) and civilian radar.

Crews have been searching for the missing plane since Saturday night. Moores wasn’t willing to speculate how much longer the search would continue.

“I can say that our rescue crews are remaining on the scene today and doing all they can to help,” she said.

Update: Monday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.

A second day of searching has resulted in no signs of a single-engine Mooney aircraft that went missing enroute from Penticton to Edmonton. The search will continue at daylight Tuesday morning.

Update: Monday, Nov. 27, 2:30 p.m.

Weather conditions have improved for search and rescue teams looking for the single-engine Mooney aircraft that went missing near Revelstoke.

Canadian Coast Guard Joint Rescue public affairs officer Lt. Navy Melissa Kia said searchers have run into a major challenge with new fallen snow, which could be covering up any signs of debris.

Update: Monday, Nov. 27 11 a.m.

The search for a single-engine plane that went missing enroute to Edmonton from Penticton began again at daylight.

The pilot of the plane has been identified as Dominic Neron.

Canadian Coast Guard Joint Rescue public affairs officer Lt. Navy Melissa Kia said searchers are continuing to look in the area 25 nautical miles north east of Revelstoke.

Four aircraft are currently involved in the search: a CASAR plane from Kamloops, a Cormorant helicopter from Canadian Forces Base Comox, and two Parks Canada helicopters. Weather continues to be an issue.

“So far they have not located any signs of debris or crash pattern that would indicate any signs of the aircraft,” said Kia.

Update: Sunday, Oct. 26 5 p.m.

The search for the missing single-engine Mooney aircraft has been called off for the night. The Canadian Coast Guard Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said the search will continue at daylight.

Original story:

A search for a plane that failed to arrive at its Edmonton destination is currently being conducted in the Revelstoke and Rogers Pass area.

The single-engine Mooney aircraft left from Penticton on Saturday afternoon with two people on board. A ping from the pilot’s cell phone was picked up near Revelstoke at 10:40 p.m. Saturday night.

A chartered helicopter from Arrow Helicopters and two Parks Canada helicopters are currently involved in the search. Three planes from CASAR in Kamloops, as well as a Buffalo aircraft and a Cormorant helicopter from Canadian Forces Base Comox Search and Rescue Squardrom had to discontinue their search due to low cloud in the area.

A spokesperson with the Canadian Coast Guard Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said the Cormorant helicopter was able to assist with the search later in the day.

The Mountaineer will post more details as they become available.

Comments

comments