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UPDATE: Fresh snow makes search for plane missing near Revelstoke a challenge

FILE PHOTO - CH-149 Cormorant helicopter
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November 27, 2017 - 9:45 AM

PENTICTON - Despite better weather and a full day of searching, still no sign of the small private plane, and the two people on board, that went missing near Revelstoke on its way from Penticton to Edmonton.

Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre spokesperson Katelyn Moores says a Cormorant helicopter, a Buffalo search aircraft and a Parks Canada helicopter assisted with the search, which resumed today, Nov. 27, with improved weather conditions.

The single-engine Mooney aircraft was flying from Penticton to Edmonton when it was reported overdue around 10:40 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25.

The overall weather picture improved throughout the day, but she says the biggest challenge was the newly fallen snow in the heavily forested area. The concern is the snow is covering signs of the aircraft.

Moore says the search area has been reduced based on information collected from a cell tower that was able to ping the pilot's cellphone, in addition to information provided by North American Aerospace Defence Command and civilian radar.

"This afternoon the search has been concentrated to a small area approximately 10 nautical miles north of Revelstoke," she says, adding the search is limited to daylight hours.

Two people were on the plane, the pilot and a passenger. Their identities have not been released.

— This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 27, 2017 to provide updated information from the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.


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