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Warplane wreckage found in wilderness southwest of Cowichan Lake

An Avro Anson at the Air Atlantique Historic Flight at Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire, England. - Adrian Pingstone
An Avro Anson at the Air Atlantique Historic Flight at Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire, England.
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A World War II military plane has been found in a mountain area southwest of Lake Cowichan.

The plane, over 70 years-old, was found by local loggers working out of the Mesachie Lake area for forestry company Teal-Jones last week.

Capt. Matt Zalot, public affairs officer with the National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces in Ottawa, confirmed the plane to be an Avro Anson that was used and crashed during the Second World War.

“We’re still conducting the investigation to see if anything is found such as human remains and that will be a major determination in what happens next,” said Zalot who said the discovery is exciting nonetheless.

Matt Carter, from the Teal-Jones Group, said the plane was found “in the vicinity of Port Renfrew.”

Zalot explained that if human remains are found, he and his colleagues would have to begin necessary procedures to find close relatives.

“There’s a good chance we’d need to find next-of-kin and the closest relatives before we can release any further information if that’s the case.”

Laurel Clegg who is the casualty identification co-ordinator for the National Defence is actively involved with the investigation but was unavailable for comment at press time.

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