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Canadian Air Force searches for missing plane in northwest Quebec

A Royal Canadian Air Force  CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter. .
A Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter. . Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

The Royal Canadian Air Force is searching for a missing plane over northwestern Quebec that had one person on board and was reported overdue Monday.

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Department of National Defence spokesman Andrew McKelvey said today the Beechcraft Bonanza plane was travelling from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to Danbury, Connecticut, but the pilot had to divert north to avoid a storm.

Search and rescue teams are looking for the plane over a region north of Senneterre, about 530 kilometres northwest of Montreal. The Defence Department says that’s the area where the plane was last tracked on radar.

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The air force began searching Tuesday and it is continuing to look for the pilot and the aircraft today. Four military aircraft are assisting in the search operation.

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The plane, which is registered to a company in Delaware, was reported overdue at 11:30 p.m. Monday. Aircraft from bases in Trenton, in Ontario, Bagotville, in Quebec, and Greenwood, in Nova Scotia, have joined the search.