Search and rescue group reviews records for clues in unsolved disappearance of B.C. plane

Members of a volunteer search and rescue organization are reviewing what they know so far in a nearly 10-month search for a small plane that went missing on a flight over southeastern B.C. in the hopes of finding new information.

Hunt for single-engine Piper that vanished almost 10 months ago one of 3 unresolved aircraft searches

Sydney Robillard, left, and Alex Simons, right, were reported missing after their aircraft failed to arrive in their hometown of Kamloops, B.C., on June 8, 2017. The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association says it is trying to trace the plane's route that day. (Cranbrook RCMP)

Members of a volunteer search and rescue organization are reviewing what they know so far in a nearly 10-month search for a small plane that went missing on a flight over southeastern B.C. in the hopes of finding new information.

Fred Carey of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association says cellphone details previously provided a probable route for the single-engine Piper piloted by 21-year-old Alex Simons of Kamloops.

He and 24-year-old Sydney Robillard, from Lethbridge, Alta., were travelling to Kamloops last June when their plane disappeared.

The flight began in Lethbridge and the plane was last seen in Cranbrook, where the pair stopped for fuel. The military has said more than 70 Royal Canadian Air Force personnel and 137 volunteers were involved in the search for the plane in the days after it went missing on June 8, 2017.

Carey says the association reviews its searches to determine if there is a piece of information they can use that might help them resume a search.

"What we are looking for is new ideas," he said.

The missing plane is one of three unresolved searches for small aircraft in B.C.

Twenty-eight-year-old Alberta resident Dominic Neron and his 31-year-old girlfriend Ashley Bourgeault disappeared between Penticton and Edmonton last November, and 60-year-old Ron Boychuk disappeared in October 2007 while flying from Revelstoke to the Nanaimo area.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this CP story said the search and rescue group had uncovered a new lead in the plane's disappearance. In fact, CP later clarified, the group was merely reviewing its records to try and come up with new leads.
    Mar 21, 2018 7:25 PM PT