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A Cormorant helicopter was able to participate in the search on Sunday, because the visibility was better.
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L' Wreckage of the helicopter missing since January 5 has been found in Glacier National Park, in the Rocky Mountains, says Captain Pedram Mohyeddin of the Maritime Forces Units Pacific, who adds that the pilot has died. He was the only occupant of the aircraft.
According to authorities, a Hercules aircraft and a Canadian Armed Forces Cormorant helicopter were dispatched overnight Friday to the national park area as soon as the helicopter's emergency locator transmitter signal was received.
They were unable to begin the aerial search upon arrival due to the lack of visibility caused by a storm snow.
However, there were ground searches in the area where the emergency locator transmitter was still transmitting a signal, less than twenty kilometers east of Revelstoke, British Columbia.
An emergency locator transmitter is a radio transmitter that is activated following an air accident. It serves as a distress beacon.
The search was then interrupted overnight to resume the next morning, Saturday January 6, still on the ground, since the weather conditions did not improve. #x27;were not improved.
Sunday morning, operations to find the helicopter resumed in better conditions, with clear skies. Four search teams, one from the RCMP, one from the Armed Forces and two local, continued their operations on the ground, this time with the help of the Cormorant helicopter, which was able, thanks to better visibility, to move closer to the source of the distress signal.
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It was able to fly low enough for the team on board to dismount and continue the search on foot. The pilot's body and wreckage were found sometime later, around noon Pacific Time.
The identity of the pilot has not been revealed; however, his family has been notified. Authorities confirm that according to the flight plan, the plane took off from Calgary, Alberta, to Sicamous, British Columbia.
The RCMP is working with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada and the British Columbia Coroners Service to determine the cause of the crash ;overwrite.
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