Missing pilot located east of Wawa

A pilot reported missing on a flight to northern Ontario has been located and is OK, according to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton.

A pilot reported missing on a flight to northern Ontario has been located and is OK, according to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton.

The Department of National Defence said the aircraft left Caesarea, Ont., Saturday evening and was en route to Cree Lake, Ont. Earlier reports indicated the plane was reported missing after failing to arrive at Hornepayne, Ont. 

The rescue centre was notified about the missing pilot and aircraft Sunday evening.

Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Don Enns said the pilot of a single-engine Stinson 108 float plane decided to put the aircraft down on a lake after noticing an oil leak.

"I guess the landing wasn't quite as smooth as he had hoped and [he ran] into trees and muskeg ... at the far end of the area he was trying to land in," Enns told the CBC. "[There was] substantial damage to the airplane but fortunately not much damage to himself."

Enns says the TSB is interested in learning the source of the oil leak that caused the emergency landing, but noted it will not be sending a team to the incident site, northeast of Wawa, for any on-site investigation.

Enns said the TSB was told the pilot had recently purchased the plane and was in the process of relocating it​

The damaged aircraft was spotted Monday by a Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules in a swampy area northeast of Wawa. The pilot was not injured.

Two Hercules planes, two Griffon helicopters, and several civilian air search and rescue aircraft took part in the operation to locate the man who had taken off from Lake Skugog, north of Oshawa, Ont.

The aircraft was spotted Monday by a Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules, in a swampy area.

The pilot was picked up by helicopter.


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