Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Says One Canadian Lifeless, 5 Lacking After Navy Helicopter Crash

One Canadian Dead, 5 Missing After Navy Helicopter Crash: Justin Trudeau

The helicopter’s cockpit voice and flight knowledge recorders had been recovered.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday stated a Canadian sailor was killed and 5 have been lacking after a navy helicopter crashed within the sea between Greece and Italy.

“Yesterday, a Royal Canadian Navy helicopter on a NATO mission, carrying six members of the Canadian Armed Forces, went down with all fingers within the Ionian Sea off the coast of Greece,” PM Trudeau informed a information convention.

“One casualty was recovered and 5 are lacking,” he stated.

The Cyclone Sikorsky CH-148 helicopter was returning to HMCS Fredericton after a coaching mission when contact was misplaced, the chief of the protection employees, Basic Jon Vance, stated.

Protection Minister Harjit Sajjan added the reason for the crash was “unknown,” however that an computerized beacon was found within the waters, and the helicopter’s cockpit voice and flight knowledge recorders had been recovered.

The Canadian frigate and submarine-hunting helicopter have been 100 days right into a NATO mission, together with Greek and Turkish ships, aimed toward deterring Russia.

Greater than 900 Canadian troopers are deployed all through Japanese Europe as a part of Operation Reassurance — Canada’s largest present worldwide army deployment.

Vance stated a “very sizeable particles subject” has been discovered and {that a} search continues within the 3,000-feet deep sea.

He additionally confirmed that the physique of Sub Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough has been recovered from the crash web site.

Her father Shane Cowbrough earlier stated in a social media put up that he was “damaged and gutted” by the lack of his eldest daughter. “There are not any phrases,” he stated.

HMCS Fredericton was scheduled to return to its dwelling port of Halifax, Canada in July.

In the course of the crash investigation and “to rule out that there is a fleet-wide drawback,” all the Canadian army’s comparatively new Cyclone helicopters could be grounded quickly, Vance stated.

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