A missing plane carrying two passengers was found in mountainous terrain Friday afternoon after going missing the day before.
The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre
in Victoria confirmed the plane and passengers were found roughly 17 miles from Hope, B.C.
The passengers were declared deceased and the file is now being handled by the BC RCMP and Coroner's Service.
The plane was on a route from Calgary
to Nanaimo with a planned stop in Hope and several other communities.
An electronic locator transmitter was activated roughly an hour after the plane took off from Calgary on Thursday.
The Canadian Press
EARLIER STORY - A search continues today for Cessna aircraft with two people on board, bound for Nanaimo that disappeared Thursday.
The plane was on route to Kelowna, Hope and Boundary Bay, with a planned stop
The active search continues with a focus on a smaller search zone. The search area has been refined to approximately 28 Nautical Miles (NM) squared to the NE of Hope, close to the Great Bear Snow Shed.
The Joint Rescue Co-ordination
Center (JRCC) continues its aerial search with the additional asset of a Transport Canada Dash-8 aircraft, as well as the continued use of a Buffalo aircraft and Cormorant helicopter from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Comox.
The weather continues to impact
visibility in the search area with low cloud and rain at approximately 4,000 feet, which is limiting the ability to search the mountainous elevations which can reach beyond 5,000 feet in this region.
The JRCC is in contact with RCMP and Ground Search
and Rescue from Hope, who are also focusing their efforts in the area close to the Great Bear Snow Shed. This search remains active.