Search con­tin­ues for miss­ing he­li­copter

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

IQALUIT, Nu­navut — Search and res­cue of­fi­cials are still hope­ful a he­li­copter miss­ing near Baf­fin Is­land may be found. “There is a lot of ice pans up North, so he may have been able to land there but didn’t have the power to com­mu­ni­cate back to us,” said Derek Prescott, a search and res­cue nav­i­ga­tor on board the Her­cules air­craft in­volved in the search. “So there is still a chance that we may find him.” The small Robin­son R22 two seater he­li­copter went miss­ing Satur­day over the Davis Strait while fly­ing from Iqaluit to Nuuk, Green­land. The pi­lot, who Prescott said is a Rus­sian citizen, was fly­ing solo. “He had a GPS that was pro­vid­ing up­dates, and that’s how we knew that it seems there was an is­sue,” Prescott said. “There were no up­dates com­ing in.” In ad­di­tion to the Her­cules air­craft, Prescott said Trans­port Canada, the Coast Guard, nearby fish­ing ves­sels and civil­ian agency CASARA are aid­ing in the search. A sec­ond Herc and a Cor­morant he­li­copter are also on their way. Prescott said the miss­ing pi­lot may be the same man who is try­ing to be­come the first per­son to fly around the Arc­tic Cir­cle in a small he­li­copter. The record-set­ting hope­ful ar­rived in Iqaluit in a Robin­son R22 the day be­fore the search be­gan.

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