Remote operated vehicle locates chopper downed Sept. 9 in Arctic waters
"Ice and weather conditions will continue to present a significant challenge to the recovery operation"
(Updated at 1:57 p.m.)
The sunken Canadian Coast Guard helicopter that crashed Sept. 9, killing three on board, has been located by ArcticNet’s remote operated vehicle from the CCGS Amundsen in 420-metre-deep waters off Banks Island.
A team consisting of the Coast Guard, ArcticNet and the Transportation Safety Board is working to recover the helicopter, the TSB said Sept. 24.
“The ice and weather conditions will continue to present a significant challenge to the recovery operation. 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,” the TSB said, promising a more detailed update on the recovery efforts when more information becomes available.
The TSB, which also thanked the Coast Guard and the research network ArcticNet for their assistance, said its investigation into the crash which killed the three people on board the helicopter — Marc Thibault, commanding officer of the CCGS Amundsen, Daniel Dubé, the helicopter pilot, both of Quebec City, and Klaus Hochheim, a scientist affiliated with the University of Manitoba — is continuing.
The CCGS Henry Larsen and the Amundsen have been working in tandem to recover its Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm Bo-105 helicopter, which went down on a routine ice observation trip.
Autopsies of the three who died Sept. 9 revealed “cold water immersion” led to their deaths. The recovery of the helicopter is hoped to shed light on why the helicopter crashed.