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More remains, wreckage of downed military helicopter found

The crew of a C-148 Cyclone helicopter, attached to Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Fredricton, which crashed near Greece are seen in a combination of file photos released April 30, 2020. From top left to right: Sub-Lt.  Matthew Pyke, Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins,  Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough. From bottom left to right:  Capt. Kevin Hagen,  Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin and Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald.
The crew of a C-148 Cyclone helicopter, attached to Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Fredricton, which crashed near Greece are seen in a combination of file photos released April 30, 2020. From top left to right: Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough. From bottom left to right: Capt. Kevin Hagen, Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin and Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald. - Canadian Navy/Handout via REUTERS.
HALIFAX, N.S. —

Canadian and U.S. military search teams have found more remains of the crew and part of the wreckage of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter that crashed in the Ionian Sea last month.

The helicopter was returning to HMCS Fredericton, which was taking part in NATO's Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean, when it crashed on April 29, with the loss of all six people aboard.

The combined search and recovery team arrived at the crash site, about 407 kilometres east of Catania, Sicily, early on Thursday morning, according to a Canadian Armed Forces news release.

“The REMORA III remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) then dove to a depth of 3143 meters and quickly located a large piece of the fuselage,” the release said. “Remains of our fallen CAF personnel were also found in the vicinity of the wreckage.”

It went on to say that the recovery team will continue their search for as long as necessary.

“This is encouraging news,” Lt-Gen. Mike Rouleau, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command, said in the release. “We do not leave our fallen behind, and recovering Stalker 22’s crew is of the utmost importance to all of us in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence. Retrieving the helicopter itself will also go a long way in helping us to understand what occurred on April 29. I commend the combined CAF-US Navy search team for their professionalism and singular devotion to this task, and my thoughts remain with the loved ones of our fallen comrades.”

Those who died in the crash are: Capt. Brenden MacDonald, Capt. Kevin Hagen, Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin, Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke and Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough.

Cowbrough's body has already been brought home to Canada.

The news release said the families have been informed of Thursday's discoveries and more information will be released in the coming days.

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