A man is dead after the ultralight aircraft he was piloting crashed in northwest Abbotsford, B.C., on Monday afternoon.

The aircraft left Abbotsford airport just before 4:30 p.m. PT on its way to Maple Ridge, but disappeared from control tower radar.

Abbotsford police said they were alerted to a possible problem when the aircraft started emitting a beacon signal shortly afterwards from somewhere in northwest Abbotsford.

Police, two search and rescue teams and a CFB Comox Cormorant helicopter began searching for the aircraft, but were hampered by darkness, heavy rain and forested, rural terrain.

Just after 9 p.m. PT, searchers found the plane wreckage and the pilot in an area south of Highway 1 near Ross Road.

The circumstances of the crash and the identity of the deceased are not yet known.

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  • An earlier version of this story identified the aircraft as an ultralight glider.
    Nov 18, 2013 10:48 PM PT