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Ottawa, May 2 (Canadian-Media): The death of five missing members of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) was confirmed by a news release of CAF May 1 following Wednesday’s tragic accident involving a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-148 Cyclone helicopter in the Mediterranean Sea, are now presumed dead, media reports said.
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The helicopter was operating with HMCS Fredericton as part of the Standing North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2).
Although search resulted in the discovery of additional remains, but they could not be identified at that time.
CAF said over the next several days it will be doing everything possible to find out known details with the families.
Four RCAF members and two Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) members were on board the CH-148 Cyclone when it crashed in international waters between Italy and Greece on Wednesday.
The death of Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, a marine systems engineering officer originally from Toronto, was confirmed Thursday.
Five missing crew members presumed to be dead are Capt. Brenden MacDonald, a pilot originally from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia; Capt. Kevin Hagen, a pilot originally from Nanaimo, British Columbia; Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin, an air combat systems officer originally from Trois-Rivières, Québec; Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, a naval warfare officer originally from Truro, Nova Scotia; and Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, an airborne electronic sensor operator originally from Guelph, Ontario.
The ships from Canada, Italy, and Turkey, with air support from Greece and the U.S are continuing the search for survivors and debris from the crash since Wednesday.
The recovery efforts by NATO allies will continue at the scene as HMCS Fredericton departs for the port in Italy.
The ship is expected to arrive in Canada Saturday morning local time.
An RCAF flight safety team, which is departing Canada May 1, would investigate the crash.
Grieving the loss of 6 members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Julie Payette Governor General of Canada said in a tweet, "Our heart goes out to their families and to all those who are affected by this tragic accident."