A Canadian association hopes to use training exercises to reopen the search for a missing plane last seen 10 months ago in Cranbrook.
Civil Air Search and Rescue are revisiting three unsolved incidents in British Columbia, including the small aircraft that never arrived in Kamloops after refuelling at the Canadian Rockies International Airport in June.
Search crews spent weeks last summer looking for a Piper Warrior plane carrying a young man and woman.
CASARA’s Fred Carey says he’d like local SAR to target the St Mary’s Pass, where he thinks the crash likely happened.
“We had no information from the pilot after he left the Cranbrook airport. There was no cell phone pings or anything,” Carey says. “That tells us that probably St Mary’s Pass was the route he took, because there was no cell phone coverage. This is a young man, so I doubt very much he turned his cellphone off.”
Carey thinks a blitz of that area could turn up new information.
“We had resources spread from Cranbrook all the way to Kamloops and a lot of resources out there,” Carey says. “It’d be nice if this Spring, the Cranbrook group could do some training in that area and do some looking at the same time.”
Carey says this isn’t an official search and the odds of finding new information are slim.
He says the association conducts reviews regularly to determine if any information can help resume a search.
Pictured: 21 year old Alex Simons of Kamloops and 24 year old Sydney Robillard of Lethbridge, who were onboard the Piper Warrior plane that went missing last June.
– Fred Carey, Civil Air Search and Rescue Association