The helicopter of the canadian Forces that sank off the coast of Greece, in April last, was very close to the water when things started to go wrong, which made impossible any maneuver to edge to avoid the drama.
This is what concludes a report from the ministry of national Defense to clarify the circumstances of this tragedy which caused the death of six military officers, on 29 April last.
The unit type CH-148 Cyclone was at its last phase of landing when it crashed. Attempting to land on the ship “HMCS Fredericton”, the helicopter made one last turn to the left to reach the boat, but it is not positioned as planned the crew in making this manoeuvre.
The gear was behind the ship, too close to the Mediterranean to be restated.
“During this last maneuver of turn complex to approach the vessel, the device did not respond as had been anticipated by the crew. This event happened at a low altitude and there has been no maneuver recovery. The device thus has begun a sharp drop and crashed in the water behind the ship”, one can read in a press release sent Monday by the ministry of Defence.
Even if we know a little more about the chronology of events, the investigation continues. The following will discuss, in particular on the exchanges between the members of the crew during the accident and on the technical aspects of the device.
“There is still a considerable amount of work to be done in order to understand the exact circumstances that led to the accident,” said colonel John Alexander, director of the flight Safety Authority and investigation on the seaworthiness of the department of national Defence.
Since the crash, all models CH-148 Cyclone for the royal canadian air force have been put off. This ban of flying will continue at least until the end of the investigation, said the ministry on Monday.
Six military personnel have lost their lives in this tragedy, including the Québécois Maxime Miron-Morin.
The six members of the armed forces were in the Mediterranean for a training class with vessel Italian and Turkish in the part of operation REASSURANCE.