lightkeepersdaughter Posted March 2, 2005 Report Share Posted March 2, 2005 Even if you're not a prayin' person - please send all the positive thoughts, affirmations, etc. that you can..........I hope and pray that your chopper buddies find 5 living, safe people! A bit of the story from Vancouver Province this morning... "The search for five men missing on the rugged Central Coast after their float plane failed to arrive at remote logging camps was due to resume at dawn this morning. The MJM Air Ltd. float plane, with pilot Arnold Feast, 53, at the controls, took off from Campbell River at 10:10 a.m. Monday. One of the four passengers aboard was a contract employee bound for an International Forest Products logging camp at Frances Bay, the other three men were contract employees due at a Knight Inlet camp run by G.W. Cox and Sons Logging, based in Campbell River. The plane was reported missing at 2:15 p.m. after it failed to make its 1 p.m. return time to the Vancouver Island town. The search began at about 3 p.m. The pilot of the 1959 de Havilland Beaver has worked for MJM since October 2004. His sister, Sally Feast, said her brother has flown for many coastal airlines in the course of his career and many pilots and friends were stopping by her home with messages of encouragement and hope yesterday. "He never took chances, everything by the book," she said of her brother. "I hope he's freezing his butt off on the side of the water." "It's the reliable Beaver everyone flies [on the coast]," Hartwell said. Feast had made the flight many times before, he added. A Cormorant helicopter and Buffalo fixed-wing aircraft from Air Force 442 Squadron took to the air shortly after dawn yesterday to pick up where the search left off after dark on Monday. By yesterday afternoon, four coast guard vessels were also called out to assist in the search and a second Buffalo was in the air. Four Griffin helicopters were due this morning. Despite the numerous planes and vessels involved in the hunt, the maritime co-ordinator of the coast guard rescue centre, Wayne Bamford, said crews found nothing on the water and nothing on the ground that would suggest the float plane crashed. As of last night, the search of the 400-square-kilometre coastal and inland area turned up nothing, Bamford said, not even a signal from the plane's emergency locator beacon or radio. The beacon's signal could be blocked by steep mountainsides if the plane managed to touch down in one of the many narrow fjords in the area, Bamford said. It might also be faulty, damaged or under water." Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers..... LKD Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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