An “old” plane crash site that had baffled Canadian authorities turned out to be a prop used for training by members of the Canadian Civil Aviation Search and Rescue Association (Casara).
Canadian investigators were left baffled when a hunter in British Columbia stumbled upon the remains of an apparent plane crash and reported the findings to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), who investigated and determined the crash likely occurred more than two decades ago. in a Guardian report.
Officers sent to the site of the mysterious crash in Canada’s vast wilderness found only the shell of a plane, with no sign of an engine, wings, doors, seats or bodies near the supposed crash site.
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“Only the fuselage remains,” a police spokesman said of the scene. “Furthermore, no registration numbers are attached.”
A Transport Canada report posted on the agency’s website noted that authorities said little was known about how the plane got there, but they believed it had been “destroyed,” likely by “impact with the ground.”
Meanwhile, an RCMP release appeared to add to the mystery, saying it was possible the plane had been there “for decades” but that there were no reports of missing planes or passengers.
But it turned out there was a different explanation all together, with members of Casara coming forward to explain that they had placed the plane at the remote location a year ago for training purposes.
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The reason, the team explained, is because of the level of difficulty in responding to a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. To prepare for this reality, the team often uses historic wrecks or airplanes for practice.
“We like to make it as real as possible for them: smoke, casualties. They like it and we treat it like a real crashed aircraft,” said Fred Carey, director general of British Columbia’s provincial air rescue service.
According to Carey, a group of people carried the Cessna plane’s “carcass” up the mountain last summer on a logging skid.
“Let’s just say it was a lot of work,” Carey joked.
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Carey also said the team did not intentionally cause mystery when they located the damaged aircraft, noting that both the local airport and the province’s main rescue coordination hub were notified of its location.
“There are placards on the wreck and even a phone number to call,” he said. “I’m not sure what happened, maybe the posters got away. But in this case, it doesn’t look like the authorities followed protocol.”