07/26/2015 09:36 EDT | Updated 07/26/2016 05:59 EDT

Russian pilot Sergey Ananov missing in Davis Strait

Dense fog and thick ice are hampering a search for a missing helicopter in the Davis Strait, off the east coast of Baffin Island, flown by Russian pilot Sergey Ananov.

Ananov was travelling in a Robinson R22 helicopter from Iqaluit to Greenland Saturday morning when the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Halifax received information about a marine distress broadcast reporting a missing helicopter.

The JRCC confirms they are looking for a helicopter with the registration call sign D-HDIM, the same aircraft Ananov was spotted refuelling at the Iqaluit airport on Friday. 

Two Hercules search and rescue aircraft and a Cormorant helicopter from 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, were dispatched to join the search. A Transport Canada patrol plane and a fishing boat that was in the area are also involved in the search.

Ananov is attempting to fly solo around the Arctic Circle in a helicopter weighing less than one tonne. He was making a stop in Iqaluit before flying to Greenland, a distance of more than 800 kilometres.

Maj. Martell Thompson, a spokesperson for the JRCC, said the helicopter was reported overdue at 3:20 p.m. ET Saturday.