Search for two people, plane enters Ontario on day four: Canadian Armed Forces

The search for two people aboard a missing plane in northern Ontario has entered its fourth day.

Maj. Trevor Reid, a spokesman for the Canadian Armed Forces, said the Piper Comanche plane left Delhi, Ontario, around 3:45 p.m. Thursday and was en route to Marathon, Ontario.

Reid says the plane failed to reach its destination on Thursday, so a joint Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Coast Guard rescue center launched a search at 8 p.m. that day.

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Search efforts began about 40 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in the Wawa, Ontario area, which Reid said was the aircraft’s last known location.

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The military, Canadian Coast Guard, Ontario Provincial Police and Civil Air Search and Rescue Association are conducting the search using a variety of aircraft.

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Reid calls the search “complex” due to the “challenging” terrain and poor weather conditions over the past few days, adding that it will require multiple passes over areas at different elevations, directions and in different lighting conditions.

He says the identities of the missing will not be released at the request of their next of kin.

Reid says the purpose of the flight is unknown at this time.

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