Private airplane fails to arrive at Kamloops destination from Lethbridge Alberta


2017-06-09 18:44 PDT

File # 2017-4297

The Cranbrook RCMP is investigating the report of a missing/overdue aircraft and are currently supporting the Joint Search Co-ordination Center Victoria (JRCC) with their search component for the aircraft and missing persons.  Cranbrook RCMP confirm that a Kamloops man and woman were onboard.

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, Alta at 09:35 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.

Photo of missing persons Alex Simons and Sidney Robillard

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.

The Cranbrook RCMP is asking that anyone with information regarding this matter contact their local police of jurisdiction in efforts to locate the missing persons Alex Simons and Sidney Robillard, stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.


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Cpl. Dan Moskaluk

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
South East District
1168 Main Street, Penticton B.C. V2A-5E8
Office: 250-770-4754
Cell: 250-863-7433
Fax: 250-492-4851


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