PHOTOS: CAF helicopter crashes in Ionian sea off Greece

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A CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crashed into the Ionian Sea on April 29. Six Canadians were on board: four Royal Canadian Air Force members and two Royal Canadian Navy members.

On Thursday, it was announced that Nova Scotia Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, a maritime systems engineering officer originally from Toronto, is confirmed dead. The search for the remaining five members continues in the international waters between Greece and Italy.

The helicopter crashed during a NATO task force mission, as part of Operation Reassurance. The six-member team was on six month deploy that began in January.

There is aircraft from Canada, Italy and Turkey currently looking for the downed craft and the team members, with support from Greece and the U.S.


Search and rescue operation continues for the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter after it has crashed into the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy while serving with a NATO naval task force on April 30, 2020. A military helicopter operating off a Canadian frigate crashed into the Ionian Sea. Italian and Turkish frigates have begun search operations for the aircraft (Photo by TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTRY / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Search continues for Canadian military helicopter crashed in Ionian Sea
Search and rescue operation continues for the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter after it has crashed into the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy while serving with a NATO naval task force on April 30, 2020. A military helicopter operating off a Canadian frigate crashed into the Ionian Sea. Italian and Turkish frigates have begun search operations for the aircraft (Photo by TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTRY / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Search and rescue operation continues for the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter after it has crashed into the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy while serving with a NATO naval task force on April 30, 2020. A military helicopter operating off a Canadian frigate crashed into the Ionian Sea. Italian and Turkish frigates have begun search operations for the aircraft (Photo by TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTRY / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Search continues for Canadian military helicopter crashed in Ionian Sea
Search and rescue operation continues for the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter after it has crashed into the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy while serving with a NATO naval task force on April 30, 2020. A military helicopter operating off a Canadian frigate crashed into the Ionian Sea. Italian and Turkish frigates have begun search operations for the aircraft (Photo by TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTRY / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Search and rescue operation continues for the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter after it has crashed into the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy while serving with a NATO naval task force on April 30, 2020. A military helicopter operating off a Canadian frigate crashed into the Ionian Sea. Italian and Turkish frigates have begun search operations for the aircraft (Photo by TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTRY / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Search continues for Canadian military helicopter crashed in Ionian Sea
Search and rescue operation continues for the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter after it has crashed into the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy while serving with a NATO naval task force on April 30, 2020. A military helicopter operating off a Canadian frigate crashed into the Ionian Sea. Italian and Turkish frigates have begun search operations for the aircraft (Photo by TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTRY / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Search and rescue operation continues for the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter after it has crashed into the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy while serving with a NATO naval task force on April 30, 2020. A military helicopter operating off a Canadian frigate crashed into the Ionian Sea. Italian and Turkish frigates have begun search operations for the aircraft (Photo by TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTRY / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Search continues for Canadian military helicopter crashed in Ionian Sea
Search and rescue operation continues for the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter after it has crashed into the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy while serving with a NATO naval task force on April 30, 2020. A military helicopter operating off a Canadian frigate crashed into the Ionian Sea. Italian and Turkish frigates have begun search operations for the aircraft (Photo by TURKISH DEFENSE MINISTRY / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A memorial is seen at 12 Wing Shearwater in Dartmouth, N.S., home of 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. A CH-148 Cyclone helicopter flying from the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton crashed in the Ionian Sea between Italy and Greece while taking part in an exercise as part of a NATO operation in the Mediterranean. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Memorial erects for lost Canadian service people
A memorial is seen at 12 Wing Shearwater in Dartmouth, N.S., home of 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, on Thursday, April 30, 2020. A CH-148 Cyclone helicopter flying from the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton crashed in the Ionian Sea between Italy and Greece while taking part in an exercise as part of a NATO operation in the Mediterranean. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

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