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Rescuers end search for plane missing with two aboard in southeastern B.C.

December 05, 2017 - 5:36 AM

VICTORIA - Rescuers have called off the search for a small plane with two people aboard that disappeared more than a week ago while flying over southeastern British Columbia.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says in a recorded message that crews made the difficult decision to suspend the exhaustive operation as of Monday afternoon.

Police have said 28-year-old pilot Dominic Neron and 31-year-old passenger Ashley Bourgeault were flying from Penticton, B.C., to Edmonton on Nov. 25 when the single-engine plane vanished.

The rescue centre says Royal Canadian Air Force and Parks Canada aircraft have flown 120 hours in challenging conditions covering a search area of more than 22,000 square kilometres.

Rescue centre spokeswoman Katelyn Moores has previously said the search was narrowed to a region 18 kilometres outside Revelstoke based on information from radar and a cellphone tower that picked up a signal from the pilot's phone.

The disappearance is being transferred to the RCMP.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2017
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