Sault Ste. Marie plane crashes in Hudson Bay

Search and rescue officials looking for a missing Cessna 208 and its pilot found debris in Hudson Bay Thursday morning about 200 km from Fort Severn, Ont.

Pilot missing, debris found about 200km from Fort Severn, Ont.

Search and rescue officials say debris consistent with a plane crash has been located in the waters of Hudson Bay Thursday morning, and there is no sign of the pilot.

One person was on board the Cessna 208 when it left Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Wednesday on a training flight. It was expected to fly north and then return to Sault Ste. Marie half an hour later. 

The debris was found about 500 km east of Churchill, Man. Churchill is shown on this map. (Google map)

David Elias, a public affairs officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force, says the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ont., began co-ordinating a search that evening at about 5 p.m. ET after the plane's emergency beacon was activated 1,200 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie.

Two Hercules aircraft, one from Trenton, one from Winnipeg, participated in the search.

Debris was located at about 7 a.m. Thursday in an area about 500 kilometres east of Churchill, Man., 200 kilometres from Fort Severn, Ont.

“It appears highly unlikely anyone would have survived this situation,” says Elias.

The RCAF says the pilot was out of communication during the flight.

A spokesperson for the owner — Edmonton-based Morningstar Air Express — says it was an unscheduled flight.

Nunavut RCMP, the Transportation Safety Board and the Nunavut Coroner's Office are investigating.


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