08/06/2013 11:53 EDT | Updated 10/06/2013 05:12 EDT

Kamloops pilot missing after plane fails to return

A search is underway near Kamloops after a small aircraft failed to return as expected.

A young pilot was at the controls of a Cessna 172 when it left the airport in Kamloops this morning around 10:30 a.m. PT.

He was supposed to return at 12:45 p.m.

David Cruz, director of TylAir Aviation where the pilot was a student, says the young man is an experienced student who was carrying out assigned flight exercises this morning.

"He has 94 hours of flight time experience, he has all the level of skill that was necessary in order to fly the plane and he had shown his proficiency with our instructor," he said.

Cruz would not comment on the identity of the pilot or his age.

The RCMP and the Joint Rescue Coordination centre will continue their search into the evening.

Police are asking if anyone can recall seeing the Cessna 172 bearing tail markers "CFQTR" at or near the west end of Kamloops Lake around 11:30 this morning.