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Canada releases interim report on RCAF CH-148 Cyclone accident

9th June 2020 - 11:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Canadian Airworthiness Investigative Authority has released its From the Investigator (FTI) report into the RCAF CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash in the Ionian Sea on 29 April.

It contains a summary of the known facts at this time and does not provide an overall conclusion on the circumstances which led to the accident.

The helicopter had flown by the port side of HMCS Fredericton from stern to bow, before making a left hand turn ‘to establish a downwind leg in preparation for approach to the ship,’ the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) announced in a statement.

‘The aircraft then commenced a final left turn to set-up for the approach. During this final complex manoeuvring turn to close with the ship, the aircraft did not respond as the crew would have anticipated. This event occurred at a low altitude, was unrecoverable, and the aircraft entered a high energy descent and impacted the water astern the ship.’

A CAF and USN team located the crash site of the aircraft (named Stalker 22) on 27 May. The wreckage was located 220nm east of Catania, Sicily.

The SAR team had deployed a REMORA III ROV which dived to a depth of 3143m which found both the wreckage and the remains of the crash victims. 

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