A pilot is missing after his float plane crashed into Ivanhoe Lake in the Northwest Territories just north of the Saskatchewan border.

The RCMP said the aircraft left Scott Lake, Sask. Thursday at 7 p.m. CST and was reported overdue at about 1 a.m. Friday.

"A plane went down right across the border," said Cpl. Barry Ledoux with the RCMP. "So a search was initiated, so we called the joint coordination center at Trenton, Ontario who put a team together and send in a Hercules aircraft."

The plane was found about 80 kilometres northwest of Stony Rapids, Sask. on the Northwest Territories side partially submerged in an Ivanhoe Lake.

A dive team from Regina is heading to the crash site east of Fort Smith today.

Capt. Jordan Woodman, the public affairs officer for 17 Wing Winnipeg of the Canadian Forces, said the plane was broken into two parts.

"It was torn apart, partially submerged," Woodman said. "Only a part of it was sticking out of the water. It was a violent crash."

Woodman said the company dispatched a helicopter and two airplanes to the crash site to help the searchers.

"There were no signs of any life or anybody in the water," Woodman said. "It was just the wreckage."

The pilot was the only person on the plane. His name has not been released.

Officials said the aircraft belonged to Transwest Air based in Prince Albert, Sask. No one from the company was available for comment.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story incorrectly quoted a Capt. Jordan Woodward, a member of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre. In fact, the speaker's name is Capt. Jordan Woodman, and he is the public affairs officer for 17 Wing Winnipeg of the Canadian Forces.
    Aug 27, 2013 12:28 AM CT