Missing plane may be at bottom of lake: police

SARA ROSS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:35 PM ET

TINY TWP, Ont. – An aircraft that went missing on Thursday is believed to be at the bottom of Nottawasaga Bay near Midland, Ont., says Const. David Hobson with Southern Georgian Bay OPP.

Debris from a Cessna 182 was found along the shores of Tiny Township Saturday morning.

“At this point it leads us to believe that it's crashed into the water,” Hobson said Saturday.

The OPP have not located the pilot, Wilfred Oscar Burnside, 64, of Owen Sound, the aircraft, or the crash scene, Hobson added.

“(The pilot is) presumed to be a missing person,” he said.

The pilot was reported missing when the single-engine Cessna failed to arrive in Owen Sound at its scheduled time on Thursday evening.

Two aircraft from the Canadian Forces Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, Ont., and two from the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association were dispatched Thursday night to aid in the search.

"The aircraft did have and electronic locater transmitter but there was no indication of a distress activation. However it is an older model and not as reliable," said David Elias of RCAF media relations.

On Saturday, the OPP scoured the shoreline on ATVs.

“They are searching for any pieces of debris and there have been a few pieces of debris consistent with that of an aircraft that have washed up on shore this morning,” Hobson said.

The OPP helicopter unit has been conducting an aerial search of the shoreline.

“When we're able to ascertain where there may be an actual crash scene, should we be able to do that, we'll organize a plan at that point,” Hobson said.

The search is expected to continue Sunday, weather permitting.

– With files from Ian McInroy and Tracey Richardson

sara.ross@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @Sara_VRoss


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