Cargo Flight Reported Missing
THUNDER BAY -UPDATED Canadian Forces Search and Rescue have located what appears to be Wasaya Airways’ Cessna 208 Caravan Cargo Flight 127 approximately 28km north of Pickle Lake. The aircraft appears to be in one piece and there is no sign of smoke or fire. The aircraft is a cargo aircraft, operating with one pilot. No passengers were onboard the aircraft.
Earlier… Reports are coming in that Wasaya Airways Flight 127, a cargo flight from Pickle Lake has been reported as out of radio contact and is missing.
The flight was enroute from Pickle Lake to Wapekeka and radio contact was reported missing at 09:21 EST.
Sources tell NetNewsLedger that the plane is a Cessna Caravan with just a pilot
Search and Rescue has been dispatched to Pickle Lake.
The Cessna 208 Caravan is a single-engined turboprop, fixed-tricycle landing gear, short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft that is built in the United States by Cessna.
Cessna states that the plane is known for its rugged utility and flexibility. With its powerful turboprop engine, the Caravan delivers the rare combination of high performance, low operating costs and ability to adapt to a wide variety of missions.
The aircraft has a maximum payload of 3,330 pounds, and a maximum range of 1071 nautical miles.
Wasaya Airways Safety Record
- On 6 August 1998, Wasaya Airways Flight 804 was a British Aerospace BAe-748 that overran the runway at Kasabonika Airport injuring all 4 crew.
- On 11 September 2003, a Cessna 208B Caravan of Wasaya Airways Flight 125 crashed near Summer Beaver killing all 8 persons on board. The flight originated in Pickle Lake and was scheduled to land at Summer Beaver Airport, but the airplane crashed and burned 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) short of the runway. The Transportation Safety Board was unable to determine the cause.
- 12 June 2012 – A Wasaya Airways Hawker-Siddley 748 caught fire during ground operations at Sandy Lake First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. No injuries were reported. Aircraft burned to the ground, only the left wing and nacelle survived.