The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau has confirmed that one body has been recovered and five people missing after a Canadian military helicopter crashed in the Mediterranean Sea.
Justin Trudeau tweeted that he had spoken with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO) about the incident, adding there was need to investigate the cause.
“This morning, I spoke with @NATO Secretary General @JensStoltenberg about yesterday’s helicopter crash. He offered his condolences and assistance in the coming days as we look into how this tragedy occurred,” he tweeted.
The Canadian Armed Forces had said that the Cyclone Helicopter(which conveyed the crew) , which plays a security role over parts of Central and Eastern Europe, was involved in an accident.
Reuters reports that the names of those missing are Matthew Cousins, Kevin Hagen, Ian MacDonald, Maxime Miron-Morin, and Matthew Pyke, the Department of National Defence said.
“All of them are heroes. Each of them will leave a void that cannot be filled,” Trudeau said.
The nation’s Defense Minister, Harjit Sajjan, said he could not ascertain the cause of the accident for now.
“The cause of this accident is unknown at this time; the aircraft’s data and voice recorders have been recovered, he said.