Cranbrook RCMP are investigating the report of a missing/overdue aircraft and confirm that a Kamloops man and woman were onboard. RCMP are currently supporting the Joint Search Co-ordination Center Victoria (JRCC) with their search component for the aircraft and missing persons.
On June 8, 2017 at 6:22 pm the RCMP Southeast District Operational Communications Center received a report that a small aircraft had departed from Cranbrook airport around 3:02 pm and that it did not arrive at its destination in Kamloops. At that time the JRCC was notified. It was established that the airplane had initially left from Lethbridge, Alberta at 9:35 am. The Aircraft did stop at Cranbrook airport for re-fuelling, which is the last known point of contact with the aircraft and occupants. The Piper aircraft call letters are CGDTK.
The aircraft was piloted by Alex Simons, a 21 year old Kamloops man accompanied by his companion Sydney Robillard, 21 years of age from Lethbridge, Alberta.
To date area RCMP detachments in the Southeast District with airfields in their jurisdictions have made the necessary inquiries with negative results. Family support and contact is being conducted by the Kamloops RCMP.
Anyone with information regarding this matter is encouraged to contact their local police in an effort to locate the missing persons Alex Simons and Sidney Robillard.