Progress in plane search

Pilots and spotters have spent over 20 hours on Wednesday searching a corridor along Highway 5 for a missing plane.

Wednesday marks the sixth day of searching for a missing single-engine, RV-6A aircraft that took off from Parkland Airport in Spruce Grove, Alta., and never arrived at its final destination in Chilliwack.

Civil Air Search and Rescue Association and Royal Canadian Air Force have been assigned to search for the plane and the two people onboard.

Sun and clear skies allowed for the perfect searching weather Wednesday. CASARA search coordinator Paul Monchamp said crews started early Wednesday morning and had already spent 18 flight hours as of 2:30 p.m.

“We have been going from Kamloops up to Clearwater,” he said. “Same area as yesterday.”

Crews finished scanning 1,000 feet above ground level so they will now drop down to search from 500 feet.

“We are going over the same areas but in different directions and patterns so we get a different look,” he said.

“We are making excellent progress,” said Monchamp. “Working away at our areas.”

Monchamp expects they will continue searching for two to three more days, if not more, with the JRCC.

The search has honed in on Blue River, just over 100 kilometres from Clearwater, based on the pilot’s flight plan, cell tower and radar information.

No details about the two people onboard the missing plane have been provided.

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