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Flares used in search and rescue of pilot in Canada

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Flares were used in the search and rescue of a pilot of a small plane that crashed near the border between British Columbia and Yukon in Canada.

The Cessna U206G aircraft was on a flight from Fort Nelson, BC to Watson Lake, YT, when the plane came down one evening in May 2018.

The plane landed near a field near the Liard River in British Columbia and bounced into some trees.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) was alerted by an emergency locator signal and 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron was called to search for the plane, reports the globalnews website.

A Buffalo airplane and a Cormorant helicopter were sent to the scene. Two search and rescue technicians parachuted to the crash site and assessed the injured person, who was then transported to hospital.

Maritimes Forces Pacific duty public affairs officer, Capt. Jenn Jackson says the plane arrived on scene after dark, and deployed flares before search and rescue staff parachuted to the crash site.

Shortly after, a rescue helicopter picked up the patient and took him to Fort Nelson for ongoing care.

The image of the Buffalo plane was taken by Cpl. Jax Kennedy, Canadian Forces Combat Camera and is from a separate incident.

Jun 07, 2018