The stays of 4 of the six Canadian Armed Forces members killed when a Cyclone helicopter crashed into the Ionian Sea off Greece in late April have been recognized.
In a information launch, the Division of Nationwide Defence (DND) says the stays had been positively recognized Thursday by the Chief Coroner for Ontario.
They embrace Capt. Kevin Hagen, a pilot initially from Nanaimo, B.C., Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin, an air fight programs officer initially from Becancour, Quebec, Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, a naval warfare officer initially from Truro, N.S., and Grasp Cpl. Matthew Cousins, an airborne digital sensor operator initially from Guelph, Ont.
The stays had been discovered throughout a mixed search and restoration operation with america Navy performed between Could 25 and June 2.
The army says the households of all crew members misplaced within the accident have been notified and the stays might be launched to the households over the approaching days.
Ceremonial preparations are additionally being deliberate by the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Drive in session with the households, and particulars might be launched at a later date.
Navy, air power commanders prolong sympathies
The stays of Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, a marine programs engineering officer initially from Toronto, had been beforehand recognized shortly after the accident. Partial stays of Captain Brenden MacDonald, a pilot initially from New Glasgow, N.S., had been initially recognized on Could 9.
The commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, Vice-Admiral Artwork McDonald, prolonged his “heartfelt” sympathies to the households of the crash victims.
“I hope at the moment’s information gives some consolation and closure to every of you,” mentioned McDonald. “These have been darkish days and these occasions have reminded us the entire perils of service at sea and within the skies above.”
The commander of the Royal Canadian Air Drive, Lt.-Common Al Meinzinger, additionally prolonged his sympathies.
“Collectively, we’ll honour and bear in mind the legacies of our fallen, whereas additionally standing behind those that will choose up their torch and stick with it with the mission,” Meinzinger mentioned.
Flight security investigation ongoing
A Royal Canadian Air Drive flight security investigation into the circumstances of the accident is ongoing. The investigation is at the moment centered on plane programs and human elements as attainable causes of the crash.
Earlier this month, the army mentioned in a quick report on the probe’s preliminary findings that the helicopter didn’t reply to one thing the way in which the crew anticipated.
And in saying a resumption of Cyclone flights earlier this week, Air Drive officers mentioned investigators have been in a position to recreate the circumstances surrounding the crash utilizing info from the Cyclone’s flight-data recorders.
The issue occurred because the helicopter was coming round to land on HMCS Fredericton, officers mentioned. The pilot tried to make a lot of manoeuvres whereas the Cyclone’s “flight director,” or autopilot, was nonetheless engaged.
Reasonably than turning off, the autopilot began to work in opposition to the human pilot earlier than the helicopter crashed into the water at excessive velocity.