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UPDATED: Both pilots perish in crash of Carson Air Flight 66

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
April 14th, 2015

North Vancouver RCMP confirm Tuesday that the two pilots in the missing plane have been found deceased at the seen of the accident in the North Shore mountains near Vancouver.

RCMP Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver detachment confirmed in a press release that the missing Carson Air Flight 66 has been located, including the main fuselage with the two pilots inside the cockpit.

“Unfortunately, the two male pilots were found deceased,” De Jong confirmed.

Searchers located the missing airplane in a steep, heavily wooded area at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Representatives from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) and the B.C. Coroners Service viewed and examined the crash site.

The two pilots, ages 33 and 35, from the Vancouver area, have been removed from the wreckage with family members notified.

“The RCMP, along with all the various agencies involved in the search, extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two pilots who died in the crash,” said Cpl. De Jong .

“The investigation into the cause of the crash of the airplane now rests with the Transportation Safety Board.”

Missing twin engine Cessna airplane now a Search and Rescue Operation

In a Tuesday press release, RCMP said searchers located debris belonging to the missing plane.

The area being searched, approximately five kilometers north of Mount Seymour, has fresh snow and is steep and treacherous.

The main fuselage, cockpit or pilots have not been located.

The RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) along with North Shore Search and Rescue (NSSR) are jointly searching the known crash area. Current weather conditions are enabling the search efforts.

The cause of the downed airplane is unknown.

Authorities are considering this a Search and Rescue Operation.

The missing plane is a twin-engine Swearingen SA-226 cargo plane.

Debris from missing twin engine Cessna airplane found

Debris from a twin-engine twin Cessna airplane that went missing off radar just north of Mount Seymour, North Vancouver Monday morning was found at approximately 6 p.m.

Two people were on board the plane when it went down in a place 14 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, in an area known as The Needles.

The twin-engined Swearingen SA-226 Metro II left Vancouver International Airport at 6:43 a.m. and was due into Prince George just after 8 a.m.

However, the plane disappeared from radar just after 7 a.m. and never reached its destination.

An air search began shortly after with search and rescue officials from the JRCC and Canadian Forces Base Comox.

Search continues for missing twin engine Cessna airplane

Overcast skies are hampering a seach for a twin engine Cessna airplane tha went missing off radar just north of Mount Seymour, North Vancouver Monday morning.

The commerical plane, with two pilots on board, departed at 6:43 am, Monday (April 13) from YVR airport in Richmond en route to Prince George.

Shortly after take-off, the plane went missing from radar, approximately three miles north of Mount Seymour. The plane was scheduled to land in Prince George at 8 a.m.

North Vancouver RCMP was advised immediately by the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC).

A unified search is taking place with local North Shore Search & Rescue was activated to assist in the search. JRCC, along with other rescue resources, are currently flying the scheduled flight plan to locate the missing plane.

The current overcast weather is hampering visibility and search efforts.



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