More tragedy has struck Canada, and this time it happened overseas. A Canadian military helicopter crashed while conducting a NATO exercise over the Ionian Sea. One body has been recovered and identified so far.
These aircraft, according to Huffington Post, have a crew of four people and are capable of carrying several other passengers. They are suited for hunting submarines and conducting surveillance and search and rescue operations.
The exact number of people aboard the helicopter has not been confirmed by NATO.
Canadian officials would also not confirm with CBC News reports from Greek media that said the wreckage had been spotted.
One victim of the crash was found and identified as Abbigail Cowbrough, according to a Facebook post from her father, Shane Cowbrough.
"There are no words. You made me forever proud. I will love you always, and miss you in every moment. You are the bright light in my life taken far too soon," he wrote.
The Canadian Armed Forces tweeted that all of the primary family members of the people on board had been contacted and that search and rescue efforts were underway.
The Prime Minister also tweeted about the crash, writing "A Canadian helicopter involved in Op REASSURANCE with NATO allies has gone missing off the coast of Greece. I have spoken with Minister @HarjitSajjan, and search and rescue efforts are currently underway. Updates will be provided as soon as possible."
A Canadian helicopter involved in Op REASSURANCE with NATO allies has gone missing off the coast of Greece. I have… https://t.co/wY1RA0cHyN— Justin Trudeau (@Justin Trudeau) 1588205841.0
The Greek Prime Minister also expressed his condolences in Parliament on Thursday, according to CTV News. He apparently plans to reach out to Justin Trudeau.
Search efforts continue with our Allies. The helicopter was operating with HMCS Fredericton as part of the Standing… https://t.co/W3p2rNvVRP— Canadian Armed Forces Operations (@Canadian Armed Forces Operations) 1588218877.0
Canadian, Italian, and Turkish ships have all joined in on the search operations to recover the wreckage of the helicopter.
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