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Crews scour area for missing 17-year-old pilot

Aug. 7, 2013, Kamloops, B.C. - Searchers are in the air for a second day as they scour an area around Kamloops, B.C., looking for a small plane and its lone pilot.

August 7, 2013
By The Canadian Press

Rescue Co-ordination Centre spokesman Capt. Pat McSorley says the primary search area remains focused just north of Kamloops Lake, only a few kilometres west of Kamloops.

He says a signal from the Cessna 172 has not been picked up, which could mean the device has failed to function or it might have been destroyed if the single-engine craft crashed in a certain way.

A 17-year-old flight school student is the lone person aboard.

He was reported overdue at about noon Tuesday after failing to return to the Kamloops airport following a routine solo flight.


Officials describe the teen as an experienced student, with more than 60 hours of flight time and all the necessary training required by Transport Canada.