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A helicopter Search and rescue Cormorant and a Canadian Forces Hercules aircraft were unable to participate in the search due to a snowstorm. (Archive photo)
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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed that the helicopter came from Calgary and may have crashed. On the evening of January 5, a helicopter pilot sent a distress signal in the Revelstoke area, according to Capt. Pedram Mohyeddin of Maritime Forces Units Pacific.
He adds that a rescue operation was launched, but the aircraft dispatched to participate in the search, a CH 149 Cormorant helicopter, a CH 130 Hercules plane and a Civil Air Search and Rescue Association aircraft, were unable to fly over the area due to the snowstorm.
Current weather conditions prevent them from accessing the area, says Captain Pedram Mohyeddin.
Teams from the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Victoria and officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are currently in Glacier National Park where they are conducting ground searches, the RCMP said.
While media and social networks report that the missing helicopter came from Calgary, Alberta and was heading to Sicamous, British Columbia, the RCMP confirmed that the plane took off from Calgary, but says it is unable to provide further information at this time, including the number of passengers.
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Revelstoke is located on the western flank of the Rocky Mountains, 408 km west of Calgary.
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