By Sarah CookeLocal Journalism Initiative Reporter
UPDATE (9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17): Police have yet to confirm, but this newspaper’s reporter saw what appeared to be two bodies wrapped in white fabric loaded onto the ambulance on Thursday night around 6:20 p.m. The Almaguin News delayed reporting this eye witness account in order to give police time to speak with the families involved.
(5:55 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16): Two people were on board a plane that went down approximately 500 metres from the Sundridge Air Park Thursday afternoon, Sept. 16.
According to a firefighter at the scene, though undetermined, he said he believed there were casualties.
At 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, an ambulance, and a fire truck were on scene and a military plane, Hercules model, continued to circle.
Firefighters entered into a wooded area on ATVs approximately 500 metres from the entrance to airfield. The sounds of chainsaws could be heard from the road.
Paramedics were on scene but gave no comment. Police also were not commenting.
A witness at Sundridge South River Air Park said earlier she had been told by police that they were searching for a missing plane that afternoon, Sept. 16.
There were search planes, including a military-style plane, in the sky and, according to the witness, around 50 vehicles on the ground, including community members on four by fours assisting in the search.