George Cogar - founder of Mohawk Data Sciences Corporation
Total Persons on Board:
7 - George Cogar, the pilot - Mel Melissen - and:
- Cogar's brother Tom, 53, of Port Leyden, New York
- Rolf Dieter Falk, 56, of Aachen, West Germany
- Hans Hill, 56, of Hanover, West Germany
- Peter Hoffman, 66, of Mulhejm, West Germany
- Otto Herman Stitz, 61, of Cologne, West Germany
Friday, September 2, 1983
Clear with scattered clouds, some low coastal fog.
From the Campbell River on Vancouver Island, to a hunting lodge near Smithers, Canada
Area Believed Crashed:
Reason for flight:
Passenger flight for a hunting trip
A 1971 Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 "Islander" - owned by Central Mountain Air Services and registered as C-GIPF
After one week of looking, the searchers have been in the air 789 hours and have covered 32,000 square miles
On October 6th,1983, Canadian authorities called off what they described as the largest coordinated search in Canada’s history, at an estimated cost of one million dollars
On October 9th,1983, the Lethbridge Herald reported that the families of the six passengers - all millionaires - were planning to continue searching at their own expense for the aircraft the men were traveling in.
To date, George Cogar and his hunting companions have not been found.