Cessna goes missing with 2 passengers in a remote part of Northern Ontario
Search and rescue teams are looking for a small plane with two people on board that went missing in a remote part of Northern Ontario on Tuesday.
Major Trevor Reid, a spokesman for the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) in Trenton, Ontario, said a Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft was en route from Nakina to Fort Hope, both in northwestern Ontario, but never arrived at its destination .
“After about an hour, the owners contacted JRCC Trenton,” Reid said.
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Several Army and police search and rescue aircraft, including a C-130 Hercules and a helicopter from the Ontario Provincial Police, were deployed to search along the plane’s route.
“This is an area that is forested. There are lakes, of course, snow on the ground, as well as some hills and some valleys,” Reid said.
“So it certainly poses a challenge.”
Reid added that light snow and overcast conditions hampered search efforts on Tuesday, but the weather improved on Wednesday.
He said the search, with several aircraft, is continuing with visual spotters and equipment to detect the Cessna’s transmitter.
Reid said he could not yet identify the two people on the plane or the company that owned it.