Search underway after plane headed from Okanagan to Edmonton goes missing
Search efforts continued in southeastern British Columbia Monday for a single-engine plane headed from Penticton, B.C. to Edmonton that was reported “overdue,” according to the Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre Victoria (JRCC).
A white plane with burgundy striping carrying two people left an airport in Penticton at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the JRCC said Sunday.
Late Saturday night, the JRCC was informed the plane was overdue.
Katelyn Moores, a spokesperson for the JRCC, said a friend on someone on board reported the plane missing at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Officials said the pilot’s cellphone was pinged and information from a cell tower indicated the cellphone may be located about 32 kilometres northeast of Revelstoke, B.C. The JRCC said a search is ongoing between that location and up into the Rogers Pass.
The search resumed at dawn Monday, and included two Parks Canada helicopters and a military helicopter from a base in Comox, B.C.
Search crews were facing “unfavourable weather conditions” on Monday morning, the JRCC said, as poor visibility and a low ceiling were hampering efforts.
With files from The Canadian Press.
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