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Tragic end in the search for a missing plane

By Adam Riley Mar 5, 2023 | 10:00 AM

Twitter: @JRCCTrentCCCOS

The search for a missing plane and its crew has ended in tragedy following the discovery of the aircraft along with its two occupants, deceased, Saturday.

On Tuesday the Cessna 208 left Nakina bound for Eabametoong First Nation, however when it failed to arrive a massive search effort was launched.

Multiple aircraft, and approximately 60 people from several organizations including the Royal Canadian Air Force, Ontario Provincial Police, Ministry of Natural Resources, Canadian Coast Guard, Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, along with ground teams from Webequie First Nation and the Canadian Rangers searched for five days, until approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday, when the plane was located south of Chaucer Lake.

Search and Rescue Technicians arrived on scene less than 30 minutes later but sadly reported both occupants were found without vital signs.

“While this is not the outcome we hoped for, we hope it brings closure to the family and friends,” said Captain David Baird, Searchmaster with 1 Canadian Air Division, based out of CFB Trenton in a release Saturday. “Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We would like to thank the local communities for their support, as well as those who contacted us with tips.”

According to the release the Transportation Safety Board will be launching an investigation into the cause of the crash.


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