PortandTerminal.com, May 2, 2020
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – On Sunday, May 3rd at 3:00 pm local time Canada’s Snowbirds, will perform a fly-over in Halifax to honour the 6 navy crew members who were killed in a NATO helicopter crash earlier this week off of Greece.
The Snowbirds are the first Canadian air demonstration team to be designated as a squadron. The show team flies 11 CT-114 Tutors—nine for aerobatic performances, including two solo aircraft, and two as spares, flown by the team coordinators.
Canada navy helicopter crash
The fly-over will honour the six crew members killed when a navy helicopter crashed off a Greek island during a NATO exercise this week.
The Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone the navy crew were flying in took off from a Canadian frigate in the Ionian Sea off of Greece on Wednesday and came down off the island of Kefalonia. A search-and-rescue mission in the area is now officially a recovery effort.
As of today, only the body of Abbigail Cowbrough has been recovered. The other five crew members are still missing and presumed dead.
Nova Scotia’s Mass Killing
Nova Scotia has had a very rough time in the past two weeks. Like everywhere, the province has been in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of today, there are 959 confirmed infections and 29 deaths in this small province of less than a million people on the Atlantic coast of Canada.
Two weeks ago, the province was also put on its heels by the largest mass killing in Canadian history. A vicious gunman, who we refuse the honour of naming, murdered 22 innocent people in rural Nova Scotia in a killing spree that lasted two days. The victims included an RCMP officer, Const. Heidi Stevenson, the mother of two young boys and a 23-year veteran of the service.
Poignantly, one of the victims of in the NATO helicopter crash last week, Abbigail Cowbrough, a keen bagpiper, performed on the deck of the warship HMCS Fredericton to honour the memory of those lost in the killing spree. Her loss will be grieved along with her fellow crew members on Sunday.
Where to watch
The flyover starts at 3:00 pm local time in Halifax Sunday, May 3rd. Please note, military members are encouraged to wear their dress uniforms and stand out in front of their homes during the fly-over.
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