A Canadian helicopter with six people that was engaged in North Atlantic Treaty Organization exercises off the coast of Greece disappeared and search-and-rescue efforts were under way, the Canadian Armed Forces said on Wednesday.
An Italian military aircraft spent 5 hours searching in the approximate area where the Canadian helicopter went missing.
A source within the Greek government told CBC News that one body had been recovered. Separately, local media in Greece also reported that wreckage had been spotted.
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 1, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the news in a tweet Wednesday evening. Trudeau said a search and rescue operation was underway and that other updates would be provided “as soon as possible.”
A Canadian helicopter involved in Op REASSURANCE with NATO allies has gone missing off the coast of Greece. I have spoken with Minister @HarjitSajjan, and search and rescue efforts are currently underway. Updates will be provided as soon as possible.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 30, 2020
The defense force said on Twitter that the HMCS Fredericton lost contact with a CH-148 Cyclone aircraft that had deployed on the ship. No further details were provided.
The helicopter was outside the control zone of Greece, 50 miles (80 km) off the Greek island of Cephalonia.
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