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Pair that went missing on flight from Edmonton are from Chilliwack

Search for the missing plane resumed Monday focused between Clearwater and Valemont
This is a photo of an RV6 kit plane, similar to the one that went missing on a flight from Edmonton to Chilliwack on Sept. 14. (Greg Goebel photo/WikiCommons)

The two people in the small plane that went missing Friday on a flight from Edmonton to Chilliwack are residents of Chilliwack.

“I understand the search is resuming with better weather conditions,” said Garry Atkins, general manager of the Chilliwack Airport.

The names of the occupants of the plane, who are from Chilliwack, will not be identified, out of respect for the family, said the airport official.

READ MORE: Plane went missing Friday

“We don’t know very much at this point,” said Atkins.

“It’s a mystery. Our hearts are with the family as we await news.”

The search by Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) with assistance from the Civil Aviation Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), included a Hercules search plane and a Cormorant helicopter over the weekend, but their efforts were hampered by cloudy conditions.

The base for CASARA searchers was Abbotsford at first, but it’s shifted to Merritt to be closer to the search area, north of Kamloops.

“We’re all hoping we’ll find that aircraft,” said Atkins.

Monday saw the search expanded with the help of four military aircraft and eight civilian planes.

As long it’s safe to do so, with visibility, and there’s a chance of survival of the those on-board, the search will continue.

READ MORE: More military aircraft join search

The missing two-seater plane is a kit aircraft known as a Vans RV-6.

“It is a well known aircraft, and there are many of them flying,” said Atkins.

The search is being focused along Highway 5 in the region stretching from Clearwater to Valemont.

READ MORE: Another plane found recently

- With files from Canadian Press


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Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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