The death of six people have been announced after the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, directed the stoppage of the search of the dead bodies on Saturday,
The six people, who were on board of a military chopper that went down off the coast of Greece on Wednesday, were announced dead by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) after the rescue mission to recover their bodies proved futile. All these is coming during a time the world is being ravaged by the deadly coronavirus.
The prime minister said “I join all Canadians in mourning the loss of six Canadian Armed Forces members in the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter accident near Greece’’
“Our thoughts are with all of the families and loved ones of these Canadian heroes, and with the entire Canadian Armed Forces, as they grieve this tragedy.”
Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Jonathan Vance, while speaking on the unfortunate incident disclosed that the inability of the rescuers worsen the situation as just a body of the fallen comrades was recovered after the incidence.
He said “The Canadian Armed Forces will be doing everything possible over the next several days to confirm known details with the families.’
”A team of accident investigators from the Royal Canadian Air Force left Canada on Friday to investigate the circumstances of the accident and would begin their work immediately upon arrival.
”The helicopter was participating in exercises along with Turkish and Italian navies off the coast of Greece and was returning to land on the Canadian frigate when contact with the aircraft was lost on Wednesday.
”A few minutes later, Canadian sailors noticed flares in the water and immediately began to search and rescue operations assisted by Turkish and Italian vessels.”
He however mentioned that the voice and data flight recorders have been recovered and flown to Canada for analysis.