1 dead, 5 missing after military helicopter crash off Greece, Trudeau says

Nato helicopter missing off Greece

Military helicopter engaged in NATO exercises missing off Greek coast

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said a Canadian sailor was killed and five were missing after a navy helicopter crashed in the sea between Greece and Italy.

Aircraft from Canada, Italy and Turkey are carrying out search operations looking for the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter with additional support from Greece and the U.S., North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said in a short statement.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation search-and-rescue teams are reportedly searching worldwide waters off Greece's Kefalonia island.

An unnamed Greek military source told news agency AFP that the country's naval and air forces were ready to assist in a rescue operation "if Italy requests it".

The vessel is a Royal Canadian Navy frigate that departed Halifax on January 20, 2020 to participate in Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean.

Five people are reportedly missing after the helicopter disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Greece.

The ship had been a unit of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) and had performed several exercises with units of the Turkish Navy and the Hellenic Navy and Air Force this past week, NATO said in a statement Thursday.

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The military's 18 Cyclone helicopters carry four-person crews and first began flying real missions in late 2018 after more than a decade of developmental challenges and delays.

Shane Cowbrough posted a message on Facebook this morning saying his daughter died when the Cyclone helicopter went down in the sea on Wednesday during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training exercise.

A search and rescue mission responded to the helicopter crash Wednesday night.

"My handsome daughter has been in a military accident and passed away", Tanya Cowbrough wrote.

The Canadian Armed Forces says the Cyclone was deployed on board the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton.

We are heartbroken to share that Abbigail Cowbrough, who was on board the HMCS Frederiction passed away during a helicopter flight training exercise accident.

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