Weather hampering search efforts for missing plane

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Search and rescue officials in Halifax say poor weather conditions are making it impossible to conduct a search for a missing plane near Cartwright.
The Piper twin-engine aircraft owned by North Wind Aviation in Happy Valley-Goose Bay has been missing since mid-morning Wednesday.
The pilot and a passenger were flying from Goose Bay to Cartwright.
The pilot radioed his intentions to land at Cartwright at about 10:30 a.m., but the plane never arrived. It's believed the plane was about 110 kilometres from Cartwright when the radio message was received.
There was a limited search on Wednesday, and attempts by a Canadian Forces Hercules airplane to pick up any communication signals from the missing plane were unsuccessful.
A?spokesperson at the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax, Jeri Grychowski, said visibility in the area was about 200 feet, with overcast skies.
There's also a possibility of heavy snow in the region, she said.
"We now have to wait until the weather allows us to get up in the air,"?Grychowski said.
She added that conditions are not expected to improve throughout the day.
The area is quite rugged, with hills and heavy forests, she explained.

Organizations: Canadian Forces Hercules, Joint Rescue Co

Geographic location: Cartwright, Halifax, Goose Bay Happy Valley

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  • Nessie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    For Pat from Toronto:

    Air and maritime search and rescue in Canada is managed through three Joint Rescue Coordination Centres. These are staffed by both Canadian Force (air) and Canadian Coast Guard (marine) personnel. They are located in Victoria, BC; Trenton, ON; and Halifax, NS. The region that the Halifax centre serves includes Newfoundland and Labrador -- that's why the spokesperson is often based there.

    For more info: http://www.canadacom.forces.gc.ca/sar-res/SAR-BG10-002-eng.asp

    May everyone come home safely soon.

  • Thomas
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Praying for the safe return of the pilot and passanger of the plane that went missing my prayers go out to the love ones at home waiting for news,and pray that the pilot and passanger did survive the crash,Father God of Heaven we ask you to be with the families at home waiting for news and bring the pilot and passanger home safely

  • Pat
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Why is it when there are sea and air issues in the province of Newfoundland the spokesperson for the matter is out of Halifax N.S? Dosen't the province of Newfoundland have it's own reporting search n rescue people.?

  • Nessie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    For Pat from Toronto:

    Air and maritime search and rescue in Canada is managed through three Joint Rescue Coordination Centres. These are staffed by both Canadian Force (air) and Canadian Coast Guard (marine) personnel. They are located in Victoria, BC; Trenton, ON; and Halifax, NS. The region that the Halifax centre serves includes Newfoundland and Labrador -- that's why the spokesperson is often based there.

    For more info: http://www.canadacom.forces.gc.ca/sar-res/SAR-BG10-002-eng.asp

    May everyone come home safely soon.

  • Thomas
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Praying for the safe return of the pilot and passanger of the plane that went missing my prayers go out to the love ones at home waiting for news,and pray that the pilot and passanger did survive the crash,Father God of Heaven we ask you to be with the families at home waiting for news and bring the pilot and passanger home safely

  • Pat
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Why is it when there are sea and air issues in the province of Newfoundland the spokesperson for the matter is out of Halifax N.S? Dosen't the province of Newfoundland have it's own reporting search n rescue people.?