Search for Aircraft South of Wawa – Continues

Apr 21, 2022 at 08:01

The search aircraft overnighted at the Soo Airport and are expected to continue searching today. JRCC Trenton tweeted yesterday “Searches in vicinity of Sault Ste. Marie-Manitoulin-Wawa Ontario continue. Deep snow, forests and hills making for challenging conditions. Those who may have seen the aircraft between Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie on 14 Apr near Hwy 17 are asked to call 613-966-1178. Les recherches à Sault Ste Marie, Manitoulin et Wawa continuent. La neige, les forêts et les collines créent des conditions difficiles. Les personnes qui ont pu voir l’avion entre Wawa et Sault Ste Marie, le 14 avril, près de l’autoroute 17, sont priés d’appeler le 613 996-1178”.


CC130H Hercules SAR aircraft flying over Wawa. photo courtesy of Eric Rogers.

Apr 20, 2022 at 08:02

The weather forecast is not favourable today, but the search continues.

Yesterday, Trenton JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre) reported that a Lockheed CP-140 Aurora Long Range Patrol aircraft, equipped with advanced sensors and cameras, was joining the search. From a media release in 2014, it was explained that this aircraft has “new avionics, greater computing power, new acoustics; listening capabilities in the realm of science fiction, and ‘eyes’ that see farther, wider, deeper, and clearer, in all weather conditions, night and day.”.

An Air Task Force has also been established at the Sault Ste. Marie airport. Supporting the search efforts are Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Coast Guard, OPP and Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA). Seven aircraft are assisting in the search along the entire flight plan of missing aircraft between Delhi and Marathon, Ontario.

Apr 19, 2022 at 13:00

photo courtesy of Luc Berthiaume

The search continues for an Piper Comanche C-GEWK that was on its way from Elliot Lake to Marathon. The Piper had been purchased, and the owner (pilot) and a friend were on their way back to Alberta with the plane.

The last track seen on FlightRadar showed the aircraft west, southwest of Ranger Lake, April 14th at 9:36 p.m. Since then OPP and JRCC have been coordinating a search that encompasses the area south of Wawa to Marathon. The search has been hampered by poor weather, but when weather permits searching has happened day and night.

Today – Search aircraft are delayed launching today due to poor weather and aircraft icing overnight. Search activities will resume with 7 aircraft once weather permits.

JRCC Trenton is requesting that if anyone sighted an aircraft flying along Highway 17 from Wawa south to Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday, April 14th around 6 p.m. to contact the Search Headquarters at 613-966-1178.


Apr 16, 2022 at 19:06

At 3:55 OPP North East Region tweeted about the search, 20 minutes after JRCC Trenton tweeted about the search. This is the only official information that has been published on the search.

FlightRadar shows their last recorded position for this aircraft at 9:36 PM (April 14th 2022) just west of Ranger Lake.

Apr 16, 2022 at 15:51

There is increased aircraft traffic in the area searching for an aircraft that may have gone down Thursday, April 14th. Wawa-news called OPP – North Bay at 15:02 and was advised that a media release would be issued. Currently, there is a CH 149 cormorant, a CH 146 Griffin and CC 130 assisting in the search. Posts on Facebook by family say that the plane was just purchased in Southern Ontario, and was headed back home in Alberta when their signal was lost.

Apr 15, 2022 at 17:00

Wawa-news is waiting for a media release from the Superior East Detachment regarding the search for an aircraft south of Wawa. A number of residents have said that there was a low-flying aircraft over Wawa late last night during the snowstorm.

Motorists confirm that there have been OPP vehicles at LSPP Red Rock since early this morning. The poor weather in the area has resulted in Hwy 17 (Wawa to White River), and Hwy 101 (Wawa to Chapleau) being closed for several hours earlier today.

There is no other information available at this time.