NEWS
09/23/2011 09:02 EDT | Updated 11/23/2011 05:12 EST

Missing Pilot Found In Northwest Territories

A pilot who was missing for several hours in the Northwest Territories after his plane was found abandoned, has been located.

The pilot was the only person on the plane when its distress beacon was activated around 11:20 a.m. MT. The beacon was traced back to a Wolverine Air Cessna, a single-engine piston plane that can seat up to five passengers.

The plane was found intact but empty hours after the beacon was activated.

The pilot had been flying from Fort Simpson to a camp just outside Wrigley, an area east of the Yukon border.

He was found around 5 p.m. MT and has been transported to Fort Simpson, although police say he has not suffered any serious injuries.

Capt. Jean Houde, of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said the search was difficult one, with snow and poor visibility hampering efforts.

The pilot's disappearance came at a time of heightened concern over plane-related incidents in the Canadian North.

On Thursday, a pilot and co-pilot were killed when their float plane crashed in Yellowknife. Another 12 people were killed in a separate plane crash near Resolute Bay in late August.