The search continues for the pilot of a floatplane that crashed in the Northwest Territories one week ago.

The Single Otter, owned by Transwest Air, left Scott Lake in northern Saskatchewan last Thursday evening and was reported missing early Friday morning.

The wreckage was located by search aircraft later that day in an un-named lake northwest of Stony Rapids.

RCMP divers were brought in last Saturday and Yellowknife Corporal Barry Ledoux says it has been a difficult operation.

“Searchers were going back in to try and recover the aircraft as the front portion has buried itself in the mud,” he says. “So there’s been problems trying to remove, to get it out of the water as well. Just based on the fact that you’ve got the front end of the aircraft buried in mud, I’d say it was in a shallow portion of the lake.”

The Transportation Safety Board will be conducting an investigation into the crash.

The pilot was the lone occupant of the plane and his name has not been released.