PHOTOS: Six Canadians on board downed Canadian helicopter

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On Wednesday, a helicopter serving with a NATO task force crashed into the Ionian Sea between Italy and Greece with six Canadian service people on board.

Four Royal Canadian Air Force members and two Royal Canadian Navy members were on board the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter at the time.

The Canadian Armed Forces has identified the five service members missing in Wednesday's helicopter crash off the coast of Greece.The government earlier today confirmed that Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough died when the helicopter crashed.

During a press conference on Thursday, Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said the Cyclone fleet has been put on "operational pause" temporarily to allow flight safety teams to investigate and rule out any fleet-wide problems. He added the helicopter fleet is modern and has "state-of-the-art" technology.

With files from CBC.

Composite image shows six Canadians who were aboard the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter that crashed into the sea on Wednesday.
Canadians dead or missing after helicopter crash
Composite image shows six Canadians who were aboard the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter that crashed into the sea on Wednesday.
Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, a maritime systems engineering officer originally from Toronto, is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. She was confirmed dead on Thursday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)
Canadians dead or missing after helicopter crash
Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, a maritime systems engineering officer originally from Toronto, is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. She was confirmed dead on Thursday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)
Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin, an air combat systems officer originally from Trois-Rivières, Québec is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)
Canadians dead or missing after helicopter crash
Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin, an air combat systems officer originally from Trois-Rivières, Québec is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)
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Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, a naval weapons officer originally from Truro, Nova Scotia, is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)
Canadians dead or missing after helicopter crash
Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, a naval weapons officer originally from Truro, Nova Scotia, is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)
Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, an airborne electronic sensor operator originally from Guelph, Ontario, is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)
Canadians dead or missing after helicopter crash
Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, an airborne electronic sensor operator originally from Guelph, Ontario, is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)
Capt. Kevin Hagen, a pilot originally from Nanaimo, British Columbia, is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)
Canadians dead or missing after helicopter crash
Capt. Kevin Hagen, a pilot originally from Nanaimo, British Columbia, is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)
Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald, a pilot originally from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)
Canadians dead or missing after helicopter crash
Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald, a pilot originally from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, is shown in a Department of National Defence handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of National Defence)

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