Cargo Flight from Vancouver to Prince George Missing
Prince George, B.C. – YXS and the Department of National Defence have provided more information regarding this morning’s overdue flight.
Airport spokesperson Lindsay Cotter says the Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) was notified that Carson Air Flight 66 departing from Vancouver International Airport at 6:43 this morning for Prince George Airport has lost contact with NAV Canada’s Kamloops Flight Information Centre.
She says it’s a cargo flight using a Metro II aircraft with two pilots on-board.
Cotter says the PGAA is working with its partner agencies, including the Rescue Coordination Centre, who are currently responding.
Paul Trenholm with the Department of National Defence says contact with the Kelowna based aircraft was lost at 7:10 this morning in the vicinity of North Vancouver and says the search is on.
“We’ve tasked one Cormorant helicopter to fly that flight path and look for any sort of clues as to where that aircraft is,” he says. “We are listening to all emergency frequencies that these pilots would be transmitting on.”
He adds a C-130 Hercules airplane and an Aurora aircraft have joined the search.
Trenholm says it’s too early to speculate how contact was lost with NAV Canada adding the plane was scheduled to arrive in Prince George at 8 am.
A spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board says the TSB is aware of, and monitoring, the situation.
Operations at YXS are not affected.