Canada to honour six killed in helicopter crash

Canada to honour six killed in helicopter crash

Canadian navy helicopter crash
All crew from the Canadian navy helicopter that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea are now presumed dead. AFP/DANIEL MIHAILESCU

OTTAWA: Canada on Wednesday (May 6) will honour six members of its armed forces killed last week in a helicopter crash with a ceremony and motorcade that will look much different from past tributes due to the coronavirus outbreak.

One body was recovered and five are missing and presumed dead after a military helicopter flying from the warship Fredericton crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Greece a week ago during a training exercise.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and some family members and friends of the victims are going to attend a repatriation ceremony at a large military base in Trenton, Ontario.

Social distancing measures are expected to be observed during most of the ceremony, with the exception of the pallbearers carrying the coffin of Abbigail Cowbrough.

Afterward, Cowbrough's casket will be taken to Toronto along Canada's "Highway of Heroes," where in the past throngs of people have gathered on overpasses and along the road to salute soldiers killed in the line of duty with flags and signs.

But due to bans on large gatherings because of the coronavirus, officials have asked people to stay home and observe the convoy on TV.

The Fredericton is participating in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Operation Assurance, which is meant to bolster security in Central and Eastern Europe.

About 2,100 Canadian Armed Forces members are deployed around the world, including some 915 people in Operation Assurance.

Source: Reuters

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