The pilots who were flying Carson Air Flight 66 did not survive yesterday morning’s crash in the North Shore mountains.
According to CTV News, search and rescue crews have located the bodies of the two pilots near Crown Mountain, between Grouse and Cathedral mountains at an elevation of between 4,000 and 5,000 feet.
They were piloting a SA-266 Metro plane carrying cargo, a flight that departed Vancouver International Airport at 6:43 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Prince George at 8:00 a.m. However, the flight never arrived at the destination.
A search and rescue operation involving the use of ground crews and aircraft, including several military helicopters and planes, was quickly launched when their disappearance was confirmed by traffic controllers. They disappeared from radar at an altitude of 9,000 feet near Grouse Mountain.
Yesterday evening, rescue crews found a debris field near Mount Seymour consisting of one wing and the fuselage of the missing twin-engine aircraft. The search was suspended after nightfall due to dangerous conditions and restarted this morning under the direction of the RCMP and North Shore Rescue.
Carson Air employs one hundred people and mainly provides air cargo and air ambulance services. It has hubs in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Kelowna and Calgary.