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Military pilot From Nanaimo missing after helicopter crash near Greece

A Canadian military helicopter pilot from Nanaimo is one of the missing crew members of a Cyclone helicopter that crashed in the ocean while on a NATO mission near Greece.

Canada’s defence department says Kevin Hagen is among the five members of the crew that are missing.

Another crew member, Maritimes Systems Engineering Officer Abbigail Cowbrough of Nova Scotia, has been confirmed as being killed in the crash.

Pilot, Captain Kevin Hagen

The helicopter was assigned to the frigate HMCS Fredericton, which is deployed in the Mediterranean as a part of a NATO operation named Reassurance.

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The ship was taking part in training exercises with Italian and Turkish vessels.

The Fredericton and other NATO vessels are searching for the missing crew members.

The other missing crew members are the other pilot, Captain Brendan Ian MacDonald of Nova Scotia, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Air Combat Systems Officer from Quebec, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, Naval Warfare Officer, of Nova Scotia, and Master Corporal Matthew Cousins, Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator from Ontario.

The Canadian Air Force is providing support to members of the families of the missing crew.

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A military flight safety team is being dispatched to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

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