The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) aircraft located the commercial plane with two people aboard that went missing in a remote area of northern Ontario on Feb. 28 just south of Chaucer Lake, Ont.
Search and rescue technicians (SAR Techs) from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) were deployed from a CH-146 Griffon helicopter around 11:55 a.m.
Unfortunately, the occupants were found dead when the RCAF SAR Techs arrived on the scene.
The Cessna 208 took off from Nakina, about 350 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, at 12:30 p.m. on February 28 en route to Eabametoong First Nation, also known as Fort Hope.
At its peak, the search involved five RCAF planes, one Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources helicopter, one Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) helicopter, one Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) helicopter, and two CASARA planes flown by volunteers, as well as approximately 60 people in the air and on the ground from various organizations, including the 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, 8 Wing Trenton; the 435 and 442 Transport and Rescue Squadrons, 19 Wing Comox; and the 439 Combat Suppression Webequie First Nation and local Canadian Rangers conducted ground searches in the area as well.