08/06/2013 08:01 EDT | Updated 10/06/2013 05:12 EDT

Kamloops Pilot Missing After Cessna 172 Fails To Return

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Search-and-rescue officials are in an area near Kamloops, B.C., after a young pilot on a solo flight aboard a Cessna 172 failed to return as expected.

The Mounties say the plane left the airport in Kamloops at about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday but hasn't been seen since.

The coast guard has dispatched a Buffalo search-and-rescue plane and a Cormorant helicopter to help look for the missing aircraft northwest of Kamloops Lake.

Few other details have been released.

David Cruz of TylAir Aviation, a Kamloops-based flight school, says the pilot is an experienced student with more than 60 hours of flying time.