The search and rescue operation to locate the crew of a Canadian Forces Cyclone helicopter involved in an accident during a NATO mission in the Mediterranean Sea continues Thursday.
The Trudeau government has not confirmed reports from Greek state television ERT that a body and debris from the aircraft, which it says was carrying six people, were found in international waters off the Greek island of Kefalonia.
However, a CBC source in the Greek government confirmed the discovery of a body.
According to a CBC source within NATO, the helicopter, which was participating in Operation REASSURANCE with HMCS Fredericton as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), has not been transmitting since 8:15 p.m. local time Wednesday. She said she was on a routine flight.
So far, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has only confirmed that a helicopter involved in the NATO mission went missing off the coast of Greece in a Twitter post Wednesday night. He is expected to comment further on the situation on Thursday.
I have spoken with [Defence] Minister Harjit Sajjan and search and rescue efforts are underway. An update will be provided as soon as possible.
Tweet from the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau