Montreal

Search on for prominent Quebec businessman, son after helicopter goes missing

A spokesperson for Sagami, Inc., confirmed that a search is on for the company's president and founder, Stéphane Roy, who was piloting the helicopter, and his son, a minor.

Canadian Forces join SQ search between Sainte-Sophie and upper Mauricie, north of Montreal

Stéphane Roy is president of Sagami, a greenhouse company. A release from the company said that Roy is an experienced pilot who has many hours of experience flying the helicopter in question. (Radio-Canada)

Canadian Forces members are searching for a Quebec businessman and his son who went missing in a helicopter somewhere north of Montreal Wednesday. 

A spokesperson for Sagami, Inc., confirmed that the search is for the company's president and founder, Stéphane Roy, who was piloting the helicopter, and his son, a minor.

Sagami grows greenhouse tomatoes and sells them under the Sagami and Savoura brands.

The Canadian Forces sent a plane and two helicopters to join the search Thursday afternoon, said Capt. Trevor Reid, a public affairs officer.

The aircraft were actively searching Thursday evening, but powerful storms in Quebec made it a challenge, Reid said.

Two Canadian Forces Griffon helicopters are among the aircraft searching for a helicopter missing since Wednesday north of Montreal. Capt. Trevor Reid, a public affairs spokesperson, said they are capable of continuing the search through the night. (Kevin Skrepnek)

"The plan now is the air crews are searching along the more probable flight paths they may have taken," Reid said.

Reid says the helicopter was expected in Sainte-Sophie, about 60 kilometres north of Montreal, sometime on Wednesday.

A release from Sagami said that Roy is an experienced pilot who has many hours of experience flying the helicopter in question, a Robinson R44.

Provincial police are asking anyone with information to call 1-800-659-4264. They say all calls to this line will remain anonymous.

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