On a round trip to Sherbrooke, the aircraft of a Moroccan student pilot disappeared from radars. Canadian forces have been mobilized to locate the aircraft.
Rabat – The Cessna 172 aircraft of a Moroccan student pilot disappeared during the night of September 4. The student pilot, Hind Barch, was headed to Sherbrooke in Quebec (eastern Canada), said the Moroccan Embassy in Ottawa on September 7.
In order to obtain a professional license and become a commercial airline pilot, the 22-year-old flight attendant at Air Transat needed to do more day and night flight hours.
The student’s aircraft left Mirabel, near Montreal, and disappeared from the radar some 37 kilometers northwest of Sherbrooke. Barch’s aircraft, making a round trip to Sherbrooke, disappeared from the radar on its return flight.
According to a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) spokesman, it is “too early to speculate on the causes of the plane’s disappearance.”
To locate the student’s aircraft, a Canadian Armed Forces Hercules aircraft, two helicopters, and a Sûreté du Québec aircraft flew over an area of 3,300 square kilometers between Montreal and Sherbrooke.
8 Wing Trenton Public Affairs Officer, Captain Graeme Scott, stated that “we established this area based on the last signal issued. It is a wooded and rural area where search operations are difficult.”
The Moroccan ambassador, Souriya Otmani, reported on Twitter that “great means have been mobilized to find the young Moroccan pilot.”
“The Moroccan embassy, consulate, and Moroccan community are following the news closely and expressing their support to the Barch family,” continued the tweet.
A few days later, Canadian authorities found the crashed aircraft and the young woman’s body.