On November 3rd, a hunter in British Columbia discovered a crumpled airplane fuselage and reported the somber discovery to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The authorities were sent to the isolated crash location to examine the remains and determined that the body of the small plane, without an engine, wings, entrances, or chairs, was probably over twenty years old.
The investigators concluded that the airplane likely crashed and was destroyed, however, no bodies were found in the vicinity.
According to a statement from a police representative, the only part of the aircraft that was left intact was the fuselage. Furthermore, there were no registration numbers attached to it.
The enigma seemed to be unexplainable, but then rescue professionals revealed that they were aware of how the aircraft had ended up in the backcountry of British Columbia – because they intentionally placed it there last year.
Transport Canada released a report on Tuesday regarding debris located north of Kamloops, British Columbia. The Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System indicated limited information on the aircraft, with the only known details being that it was deemed “destroyed” and potentially due to a “collision with terrain”.
Following an examination of the crash location, authorities determined that the debris had been on the hillside for many years. However, in a subsequent statement to the press, the RCMP added to the puzzlement by stating that there were no records of any planes or passengers that had gone missing.
Shortly thereafter, though, individuals from the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) in Canada stepped up to clarify.
According to a report from local media outlet Castanet, search specialists discovered the wreckage on a mountaintop last summer and used it as a training prop.
If a plane crashes in the remote areas of Canada, it can easily become lost in the vast wilderness. In a specific instance, a military plane with 44 people on board vanished in the northern area of Yukon territory. Despite extensive search attempts, there has been no sign of the wreckage.
To prevent situations like this, search-and-rescue groups train by practicing on old shipwrecks or decommissioned planes that are located throughout the region.
“We strive to create a realistic experience for them, with simulated smoke and injured individuals. It’s something they greatly enjoy, and it allows us to treat it as a genuine aircraft emergency,” stated Fred Carey, the director general of British Columbia’s air rescue team.
Carey reported that a group transported the remains of the Cessna up a mountain slope north of Kamloops during the previous summer using a logging skidder. “It was quite a task,” said Carey.
The compromised aircraft body was not intended to be kept confidential. According to Carey, once the debris was situated near Knouff Lake, both the nearby airport and the primary rescue coordination center in Victoria were informed.
According to him, there are signs and a contact number inside the wreckage. It is unclear why the signs may have faded, but it appears that proper protocol was not followed by the authorities in this situation.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police did not provide an immediate response to a comment request.