03/18/2015 08:43 EDT | Updated 05/18/2015 05:59 EDT

Plane spotted but not confirmed to be missing aircraft from Sudbury

Provincial police say investigators have located a plane about 45 kilometres west of Pointe au Baril, Ont., about 100 kilometres south of Sudbury.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Carolle Dionne said investigators looking for a missing plane spotted an aircraft around 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday. They cannot confirm if  is the plane they're looking for.

Earlier, the OPP said no one has had contact with three people on board a missing airplane that took off from Sudbury yesterday, as the search effort for the Piper plane continued all night. 

​Military aircraft were searching an area south of Sudbury, Ont., early Wednesday for a small plane reported missing Tuesday afternoon.

Police said they were advised just before 4 p.m. that a Piper aircraft with three people on board was having engine problems and needed to land.

But radio contact was lost while the plane was about 20 kilometres south of Sudbury and 18 kilometres west of Key River, near French River Provincial Park.

The aircraft had apparently departed from Sudbury.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre based at CFB Trenton sent a Hercules aircraft and a Griffon helicopter to try to find the airplane with help from the OPP.