Search Team Locates Canadian Coast Guard Helicopter Wreckage in Arctic Waters

File photo of the CCGS Amundsen.
File photo of the CCGS Amundsen.

A search team has located the wreckage of a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter that crashed into the Arctic Ocean earlier this month, killing all three people on board including the Commanding Officer of the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker to which the helicopter was assigned.

As gCaptain reported, the helicopter assigned to the CCG research icebreaker, Amundsen, was on a reconnoissance mission September 9 when it crashed into the sea in the M’Clure Strait, about 600 kilometers west of Resolute in Canada’s northwest territories. Those killed included Marc Thibault, Commanding Officer of the CCGS Amundsen; Daniel Dubé, the helicopter pilot; and Klaus Hochheim, a scientist with the University of Manitoba and affiliated with the ArcticNet project. The bodies of the three victims were recovered by crews shortly after the incident.

On Tuesday, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) says that a team consisting of the CCG, ArcticNet and the TSB has located the helicopter wreckage in the arctic using a remotely operated vehicle.

Unfortunately, ice and weather conditions are presenting a significant challenge to the wreckage recovery operation. The TSB says that while the aim is to recover the helicopter as quickly as possible, ensuring the safety of the personnel and vessels involved in this operations is a first priority.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.