2003-08-15: On 09 June 1964, the Fairchild 82-D, (CF-MAK) departed Bristol Lake (since renamed McAvoy Lake) for a 140 NM flight to Turnor Lake and Itchen Lake. On board were the pilot and 2 passengers. The aircraft disappeared, and despite an extensive search by the RCAF,
U.S. military, and fellow pilots, was not found until 03 August 2003. Some human remains were evident, and three wallets were recovered and handed over to the RCMP.
The original Department of Transport ""Aircraft Disappearance Report"" gave the pilot's experience level as about 6000 hrs total time, with 750 hrs on landplanes, 1750 hrs on skis, and 3500 hrs on floats. Weather from surface observations, pilot reports, and meteorological opinion indicated that a bank of weather associated with a cold front existed in the region. It was likely that ceilings were frequently less than 500 feet in an area about 25 miles wide along this cold front, with cloud obscuring the higher hilltops. The visibility along this line would be intermittently poor in spotty light rain or snow. The TSB did not attend the site; the RCMP
and the Coroner's department recovered the remains and documented the site.