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OTTAWA — Officials called off the hunt Tuesday afternoon for a plane that was feared crashed in the Ottawa River near the Deschenes Rapids after concluding that there's no wreckage under the water.
The search began after several witnesses from both the Ontario and Quebec sides of the river reported seeing what appeared to be a light aircraft hit the water near the Britannia Yacht Club just before 10 p.m., Monday night. Some also reported hearing an explosion.
But after extensive work on and under the water, searchers determined that there's no airplane wreckage there. They did detect a large mass on the riverbed, but closer investigation found it to be a rock or a pile of logs, the searchers said.
If a plane had gone down in the river, said police spokesman Const. Alain Boucher, there should by now be some other evidence — pieces of wreckage floating downstream, for instance — but none has been seen, he said. Furthermore, no planes or people have been reported missing.
"Nothing appears to have gone down last night," Boucher said.
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