A dozen aircraft are focussed Monday on an area north of Kamloops for a missing plane with two people aboard that was due to land in Chilliwack last week.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria says four Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft and eight from Canadian Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) are taking part in the search.
Active #SAR UPDATE
The search for an overdue 2 seat aircraft to Chilliwack on 14 Sep continues today with 4 @RCAF_ARC aircraft and 8 @CASARA_National aircraft.https://t.co/jH1EKQuI1Y pic.twitter.com/n16ZdclpaU
— Victoria JRCC CCCOS (@VicJRCC_CCCOS) September 17, 2018
Marine Forces Pacific said a Buffalo fixed-wing search and rescue plane and a Cormorant helicopter took off in the morning, with the others scheduled to join Monday afternoon.
The missing Vans RV6 two-seat private plane was on a flight from Edmonton to Chilliwack Friday and was reported overdue to officials around 2 p.m.
The search Monday is targetted to the Highway 5 corridor between Kamloops and Valemount, with further focus on the Blue River area based on cell tower and radar information.
Blue River is about 230 kilometres northeast of Kamloops.
Officials say search efforts have been challenged by low ceilings and visibility, along with light rain and snow at higher elevations.
JRCC Lieutenant Tony Wright says the search will continue “as long as there is a chance of survivability.”