2020 Ionian Sea helicopter crash

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Original short description: "Military helicopter accident which occurred on 29 April 2020"

Template:Use Canadian English Template:Infobox aircraft occurrence On 29 April 2020, a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopter with tail number 822 crashed into the Ionian Sea during a NATO mission, with one confirmed deceased, and 5 remain missing.[1] The helicopter had been reported to be returning to Template:HMCS, when it lost contact at around 6:52 p.m. EET. Automatic flares were spotted in the water.[1]

Passengers and crew

There were six people on board, including four Royal Canadian Air Force members, and two Royal Canadian Navy members.[2]

The helicopter was piloted by Capt. Brenden MacDonald, a pilot originally from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, and Capt. Kevin Hagen, a pilot originally from Nanaimo, British Columbia.[1]


Ships from Canada, Italy, and Turkey, with air support from Greece and the United States, are searching for the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter.[1]

The crash's debris area is large and the exact position of the wreckage is not yet known. The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder broke away from the helicopter with a beacon and were retrieved.[1]


On 30 April, it was announced that the entire fleet of Cyclone helicopters would be put on an operational pause, until a fleet-wide problem can be ruled out.[3]


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