RCMP divers have been unable to locate the pilot or wreckage of a single-seater ultra-light airplane which crashed in Moose Lake, Monday.
Witnesses reported that the plane was flying about 200 feet above the lake when it crashed approximately 200m from shore. The lake, located in Mount Robson Provincial Park, reaches depths of 250 feet in some places.
“The (RCMP) dive team has exhausted all their efforts. They can only do some much and they’ve done it,” North District RCMP spokesman Cst. Craig Douglass said. “Valemount RCMP have contracted an independent search and rescue firm… and they’re going to continue the search.”
No sign of the pilot has been found along the shore of the lake on on the water, Douglass added.
On Tuesday, RCMP divers went to a depth of 130 feet to look for signs of the aircraft. In addition, they used underwater cameras to assist with the search.
On Wednesday the dive team used sonar equipment to look for signs of the wreckage on the lake bottom.
Douglass said police believe they have identified the missing pilot, and the family is on the scene. However, police were not releasing any information about the missing pilot at press time.
“They airport the pilot left from was aware of their flight plan and flight path,” Douglass added. “It seems like the pilot took the precaution to let people know the route.”