CASARA Major Search in Ontario
CASARA has recently been involved with a major search in Ontario. Here is a summary of coverage provided by Trenton JRCC on the search that took place:
Feb 28th, 2023:
An RCAF CC130 Hercules is currently conducting a search for a missing Cessna 208 reported overdue after departing Nakina bound for Fort Hope, Ontario, on 28 Feb. An RCAF Griffon helicopter is on way to assist search efforts.
March 1st, 2023:
Light snow and low clouds in search area evening of 28 Feb posed challenges to crews. Weather conditions improving today 2/2.— Trenton JRCC CCCOS (@JRCCTrentCCCOS) March 1, 2023
The search for a missing Cessna 208 between Nakina and Fort Hope has been joined by an @OPP_News helicopter and @CASARA_Niagara aircraft equipped with specialized search equipment. @ONresources helicopter and #RCAF Hercules and Griffon helicopter searching likely routes. pic.twitter.com/5LQoeDUz8i— Trenton JRCC CCCOS (@JRCCTrentCCCOS) March 1, 2023
Gord Tessier among others from CASARA Niagara have been active in this search.
March 2nd, 2023:
An @RCAF_ARC Hercules continued search through night for the missing Cessna 208. Today, search efforts will be based out of Thunder Bay with 2 Hercules, 2 #RCAF Griffon 🚁,@OPP_News, @Coastguardcan and @ONresources helicopters and a @CASARA_National ✈️. Weather favourable. pic.twitter.com/FCdk4689WL— Trenton JRCC CCCOS (@JRCCTrentCCCOS) March 2, 2023
Video from @RCAF_ARC #SAR CC130 Hercules as crew opens spotter window on board to enable night search operations between Nakina and Fort Hope Ontario on March 1st. Video courtesy @CASARA_National. pic.twitter.com/VjycxacWD7— Trenton JRCC CCCOS (@JRCCTrentCCCOS) March 2, 2023
March 3rd, 2023:
The search for a missing Cessna 208 continues today with efforts based out of Thunder Bay. 8 aircraft currently assisting search with two additional @CASARA_National planes and an @RCAF_ARC Cormorant helicopter en route. pic.twitter.com/ySKv2M2NH2— Trenton JRCC CCCOS (@JRCCTrentCCCOS) March 3, 2023
March 4th, 2023:
The search for two people onboard a Cessna 208 has ended with the discovery of their aircraft. Unfortunately, when #RCAF SAR Techs arrived on scene, both occupants were found without vital signs. Our thoughts are with family and friends at this time. pic.twitter.com/FlZBgr23UJ— Trenton JRCC CCCOS (@JRCCTrentCCCOS) March 4, 2023
We thank all CASARA members who were active in the search or on standby to respond to this major search in Ontario. We thank CASARA ON and other CASARA bodies like CASARA Niagara who were involved for their efforts in the search.
In addition to members from the CASARA ON: CASARA MB crews were spotters on the Herc from Winnipeg, along with a MB aircraft GKMD that was deployed to the search and stationed in Thunder Bay. We also thank an RPAS crew from CASARA SK who were on standby to travel to Thunder Bay if needed, they were: Frank Schuurmans & Nathen Hofmeister.
Our sincere thanks to all CASARA crews & spotters involved in the search and to all the Ground supporting members for a job well done. CASARA's thoughts are with the family at this time.