Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 15, 2013 16:09 ET

Missing Ontario Pilot Found Safe

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Oct. 15, 2013) - Search and rescue (SAR) crews from the Royal Canadian Air Force, Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) together located and rescued a missing pilot yesterday northeast of Chapleaux, Ontario, following an extensive search.

The pilot had departed on Saturday, October 12 for a 740-kilometre trip from Caesarea to Cree Lake, Ontario. He was reported overdue to Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton at approximately 8:45 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, October 13.

Upon being notified of the overdue pilot, JRCC Trenton tasked a CC-130 Hercules aircraft from 8 Wing Trenton, Ont., which searched through the night. Following this initial response, numerous other aircraft participated in an extensive search coordinated by the JRCC. The search covered an area of about 27,000 square kilometres.

A CC-130 Hercules from 17 Wing Winnipeg homed in on an electronic locator transmitter that went off in the search area earlier on Monday, October 14. SAR technicians parachuted into the site of the transmitter, where they found the pilot uninjured. They were extracted by helicopter and transported to Chapleaux, Ontario at approximately 5 p.m. (EDT) Monday, where the OPP arranged for the pilot's return home.

In Canada, SAR is a shared responsibility among federal, provincial/territorial and municipal organizations, as well as air, ground and maritime volunteer SAR organizations.

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