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Canada’s Snowbirds to do fly-over in Halifax to honour navy helicopter crew killed in crash

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.

FILE PHOTO: The Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Hornet demonstration fighter jet, piloted by Capt. Ryan Kean flies in formation with the CT-114 Tutor jets of the Snowbirds team over CFB Trenton, Ont. Thursday, June 23, 2016

Canada navy helicopter crash

The Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone
FILE PHOTO: Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone

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.

Victims of Nato helicopter crash
Victims of Nato helicopter crash. From left to right: Abbigail Cowbrough, Matthew Pyke, Matthew Cousins, Maxime Miron-Morin, Kevin Hagen, Brenden Ian MacDonald

Nova Scotia’s Mass Killing

A man adjusts the Nova Scotia flag in front of the makeshift memorial, made in the memory for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Tim Krochak
A man adjusts the Nova Scotia flag in front of the makeshift memorial, made in the memory for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Tim Krochak

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.

Sub.-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, 23, was a Maritime systems engineering officer with the Royal Canadian Navy. She is shown here performing aboard her warship HMCS Fredericton to honour the victims of the killing spree in Nova Scotia.
Sub.-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, 23, was a Maritime systems engineering officer with the Royal Canadian Navy. She is shown here performing aboard the warship she served on, the HMCS Fredericton, to honour the victims of the killing spree in Nova Scotia.

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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