The mountainous terrain of British Columbia has been described as a graveyard of small planes.
Many light aircraft downed by equipment failure, turbulence or unexpected foul weather have disappeared, crashing among the peaks and dense forests of the mountainsides and valleys. Some have never been found.
On July 19, 1982, a small craft piloted by Jim Heemskerk disappeared on a flight from Dawson Creek to Dease Lake in northeastern British Columbia. After seven fruitless weeks and nearly 1,800 flying hours costing about $2 million, the Department of National Defence called off the search.
The plane stalled and crashed in a heavily wooded area.
But George Heemskerk, the father of the missing pilot, did not give up.
On Sept. 9, he and a friend went searching aboard a Cessna 172 with...