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Canadian Armed Forces to conclude recovery operation of Cyclone helicopter crash case

Posted June 3, 2020 9:37 am
Updated June 3, 2020 10:41 am

The military announced in a press briefing on Wednesday that they made the decision to conclude the recovery operation for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-148 Cyclone following the accident that resulted in the tragic deaths of six service members.

The recovery plan was led by a combined Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and United States Navy (USN) team.

“After eight days over the crash site we achieved what we set out to accomplish – we located the helicopter, we have recovered some remains of our fallen and we have retrieved multiple pieces of the aircraft that will assist in the ongoing flight safety investigation,” said Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic, in a statement.

The helicopter crashed into the Ionian Sea on April 29 within sight of the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton while participating in a NATO training mission on April 29.

The Armed Forces members who were on board were identified as Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough, Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald, Captain Kevin Hagen, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, and Master Corporal Matthew Cousins.

Baines said that while they were able to recover remains of some of the fallen service members, they have not identified these remains and it is unknown at this time whether they have found everyone.

However, the remains have been taken to be identified and once that is complete, Baines said the identities of the remains will be released to the families and then the public.

In terms of next steps, Baines said their priority is to prepare the remains for transport back to Canada, which CAF is expecting will happen early as this weekend.

-With files from the Canadian Press

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Low altitude in a chopper is a scary place to be.  Air does some pretty dramatic stuff when you force it at the ground (water). 

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On 6/18/2020 at 11:47 AM, GDR said:

This is an interesting piece on its FBW system.

This is a harsh environment for FBW. Salt is an ever present enemy and corrosion control protocols are pretty stringent. Even at rest, the aircraft is constantly moving in a hanger perpetually in motion.

I know nothing of FBW but I wonder about shielding and the effects of salt encrustation on it over long duration. I could pose any number of questions but wonder if powerful surface search radars can induce stray voltages leading to control hard overs if sheilding is compromised by salt deterioration? I have no idea.

People often faulted the Seaking, and in truth there was no need to go to the sim to practice emergencies. On the other hand though, it was pretty tough and always got you home even if home was a tin can adrift in the North Atlantic.

A low altitude, salt water environment is home court for maritime helicopters and there is no escaping it. Rough and tough are admirable qualities in a world where pretty is as pretty does and your only as good as your last evolution.  

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