'Scary situation': Spruce Grove man, girlfriend missing after plane vanishes in BC

Lester Mason
November 28, 2017

Searchers are now looking for a missing plane after it went off its route from Penticton to Edmonton on Saturday, November 25th.

Dominic Neron, 28, left with his girlfriend Ashley Bourgeault, of Edmonton, on a single-engine Mooney airplane at 2:30 p.m. from Penticton, en route to Edmonton.

They were expected to land in the Alberta capital around 6:40 p.m. local time, and were reported missing when their plane was four hours overdue.

Officials said the pilot did not issue a mayday call during the flight, and the Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre said no flight plan was filed.

Search and rescue teams began looking for the white aircraft with burgundy stripes on Saturday night.

Two Parks Canada helicopters and one chartered helicopter from Arrow Helicopters are now involved in the search.

Searchers have been scouring an area 20 km near Revelstoke after the pilot's cellphone signal was picked up in the area. All airports in the area have been checked with no sign of the plane.

"It's just very rugged, the valleys are very closed in and if it's the Rogers Pass in the Revelstoke area, its rough terrain", Gjesdal said.

Neron had been flying for a few years, Rahnell said in a Facebook message.

Low cloud in the area later in the day on Sunday has prevented a Coromorant helicopter, a Buffalo aircraft and three planes from CASAR in Kamloops from continuing their search.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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