North Atlantic Treaty Organisation helicopter reported missing between Greece and Italy

"One casualty was recovered and five are missing", he said. Abbigail Cowbrough of Nova Scotia, has been recovered, but five other people are still missing.

Local media said the H-148 Cyclone helicopter, which flew from Canadian frigate Fredericton, had been 92 kilometres off the Greek island of Kefalonia.

HMCS Fredericton is part of the standing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation naval group in the area.

Vance said a "very sizeable debris field" has been found and that a search continues in the 3,000-feet deep sea.

The Canadian Armed Forces have said it lost contact with the helicopter deployed on board HMCS Fredericton, which was participating in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercises off the coast of Greece.

"Our church family has lost a wonderful woman", wrote the church in an announcement to its congregation.

Cowbrough was a crew member of HMCS Fredericton and died in the crash.

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The Royal Canadian Air Force's Cyclone helicopters carry a crew of four, including two pilots, a tactical operator and a sensor operator with space for several passengers.

They say rescue teams are searching global waters off Greece's Kefalonia island. Abbigail Cowbrough is among the victims after a Canadian military helicopter crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday.

The HMCS Fredericton, with its assigned Cyclone helicopter "Stalker" flying alongside, leaves Halifax enroute to its deployment as part of Operation REASSURANCE.

A Royal Canadian Navy helicopter on a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission carrying six members of the Canadian Armed Forces went down off the coast of Greece, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

He said he would contact Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to express his government's condolences.

After the crash, Canada's military has made a decision to temporarily ground its Cyclone helicopters, the CBC reported.

It has, however, reached out to the families of all who were aboard the helicopter, it said.

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