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Crash of Canadian Air Force Helicopter in Ottawa River

Crash of Canadian Air Force Helicopter in Ottawa River

Tragic Crash of Canadian Air Force Helicopter in Ottawa River, Two Crew Members Found Dead

A Canadian Air Force CH-147F Chinook helicopter, on a training flight with four members of the 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, crashed in the Ottawa River near Garrison Petawawa, Ontario. Tragically, two crew members who were initially reported as missing have been found deceased, while the other two were treated for minor injuries and released.

Defense Minister Anita Anand confirmed the unfortunate news during a press conference, expressing condolences for the loss of the Canadian Armed Forces members. The identities of the deceased crew members have not been disclosed at this time, and investigations into the crash are ongoing.

The crash occurred during a routine night training event near the Petawawa base, located west of Ottawa. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still being investigated, and further details are awaited.

Devastating Incident Involving CH-147F Chinook Helicopter Near Ottawa River

Following the crash, a joint effort involving the military, police dive teams, and firefighters was undertaken to search for survivors along the shores and waters of the Ottawa River. Precautionary measures were also taken, urging boaters to avoid the area due to potential hazardous materials from the aircraft.

The CH-147F Chinook helicopter, a multipurpose aircraft used for transportation of personnel and equipment, plays a vital role in various operations at home and abroad. These helicopters, equipped with extra large fuel tanks for extended flights, have been deployed in Canada for disaster relief efforts and overseas to support United Nations security missions.

The tragic incident serves as a reminder of the risks involved in military operations and the dedication of servicemen and servicewomen to their duty. The Canadian Armed Forces and relevant authorities continue to investigate the crash to determine the cause and take necessary measures to prevent such incidents in the future.

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