Canadian Army searches for missing plane in Abitibi
A small plane that took off Monday afternoon from a Wisconsin airport in the United States is missing in the Senneterre region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
National Defense spokesman Andrew McKelvey said Tuesday the Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft departed Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for Danbury, Connecticut, but the pilot had to deviate from his road to the north because of weather conditions.
There was only the pilot on board.
Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force are looking for the plane that had not yet reached its destination Monday at 11:30 pm, National Defense said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Center triggered the search. Four military aircraft are involved, including a helicopter from 439 Combat Support Squadron, Bagotville.
The crews are trying to find the single engine north of Senneterre, a region where the plane was still on the radar before disappearing, it was said.
Beechcraft 35 Bonanza is owned by a company based in Wilmington, Delaware.
The flightradar24 website, which tracks aircraft movements, indicates that the aircraft took off Monday at 14:55 local time from the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, northwest of Milwaukee.
He flew northeast to Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, passed between Malartic and Val d’Or, and flew north of Senneterre before looping northwest.