07/26/2015 07:53 EDT | Updated 07/26/2016 01:12 EDT

Search underway off Baffin Island in Davis Strait for missing helicopter

HALIFAX — A search for a missing helicopter is underway in the Davis Strait between Baffin Island and Greenland.

The small Robinson R22 two seater was reported missing yesterday afternoon after it failed to arrive in Nuuk, Greenland on a flight from Nunavut's capital of Iqaluit.

The pilot was flying solo.

Louise Matheson, a spokesperson at the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax, says one Hercules aircraft is on site and second Herc, along with a Cormorant helicopter have been dispatched from Nova Scotia's 14 Wing Greenwood airbase to join the search.

She says a fishing vessel and a Transport Canada patrol plane are also involved in the search, which she adds is currently being hampered by heavy fog.

A Russian pilot who's trying to become the first person fly around the Arctic Circle in a small helicopter arrived in Iqaluit in a Robinson R22 the day before the search began, however, Matheson said officials could not yet confirm whether it's the same chopper that's missing. 



The Canadian Press