Cy­clone crash vic­tims to be hon­oured

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - NEWS -

The body of Sub-lt. Ab­bi­gail Cow­brough, who was killed last week in the crash of a Cana­dian mil­i­tary Cy­clone he­li­copter, is ex­pected to ar­rive back in Canada on Wed­nes­day.

There will be a repa­tri­a­tion cer­e­mony for her in Tren­ton, Ont. Also to be hon­oured at the same time are the five other Cana­dian Forces per­son­nel who are now pre­sumed dead.

The six died when the Royal Cana­dian Air Force Cy­clone he­li­copter crashed dur­ing a train­ing mis­sion off the coast of Greece.

Cow­brough’s body was re­cov­ered. Some ad­di­tional re­mains were also dis­cov­ered dur­ing the search for the miss­ing but can­not be iden­ti­fied at this time.

The he­li­copter was re­turn­ing to the Cana­dian frigate, HMCS Fred­er­ic­ton, when the crash hap­pened.

HMCS Fred­er­ic­ton is now in Taranto, Italy.

“A dig­ni­fied cer­e­mony was held to hon­our Sub-lieu­tenant Ab­bi­gail Cow­brough’s de­par­ture from the ship,” the mil­i­tary noted in a state­ment re­leased Sun­day. “The de­par­ture of Cap­tain Bren­den Ian Macdonald, Cap­tain Kevin Ha­gen, Cap­tain Maxime Miron-morin, Sub-lieu­tenant Matthew Pyke and Mas­ter Cor­po­ral Matthew Cousins was also sym­bol­i­cally rec­og­nized dur­ing this cer­e­mony.”

Those five are the mil­i­tary per­son­nel who were also on board the he­li­copter. Macdonald and Ha­gen were pi­lots and Miron-morin, an air com­bat sys­tems of­fi­cer. Pyke was a naval weapons of­fi­cer and Cousins was an air­borne elec­tronic sen­sor op­er­a­tor. Cow­brough was a ma­rine sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing of­fi­cer.

Rear-adm. Craig Baines said at a news con­fer­ence last week in Hal­i­fax, that a side door and pieces of the he­li­copter’s fuse­lage have been found. That is in ad­di­tion to the cock­pit voice recorder and flight data recorder, he added.

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