Search for plane ending

The official search for a couple who disappeared on their flight from Penticton to Edmonton on Nov. 26 will end Monday.

A search began north of Revelstoke last Sunday for pilot Dominic Neron, 28, and his girlfriend Ashley Bourgeault, 31, who were flying in a single-engine Mooney aircraft. They failed to arrive in Edmonton Saturday afternoon and were reported missing at 10:40 p.m.

Cpt. Zlatko Neral, air controller with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, says the search must come to an end at some point.

“Sadly, sometimes these things don't end up like we'd like them to,” Neral said.

The search has focused on several areas north of Revelstoke, due to Neron's cell phone being pinged in that location.

The couple were both from the Edmonton area. Bourgeault has three children under the age of 10.

The JRCC factors in how much they've already searched the area in question, along with survivability factors, when deciding when to end the search.

“Every area has already been gone over more than three times,” Neral said.

If the search isn't successful Monday, the case will be turned over the RCMP as a missing persons case.

The families of the missing couple may continue searching on their own accord.

Neral said if more leads are uncovered in the future, they will continue their investigation.

A young couple went missing in June after taking off from Cranbrook in a small plane. The search for that plane was ended after 13 days of unsuccessful searching.

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