RCAF Cyclone helicopter reported missing, believed to have crashed into the sea off Greek coast

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A Royal Canadian Air Force Cyclone helicopter is reported missing and the Canadian military says search and rescue operations have been launched.

Greek news outlets reported that the helicopter crashed into the sea off the coast of Greece Wednesday.

The Canadian Forces confirmed on a social media account Wednesday that there was a “developing situation regarding our CH-148 Cyclone, deployed onboard HMCS Fredericton.”

“Contact was lost with the aircraft as it was participating in Allied exercises off the coast of Greece,” it added in a tweet.

“Search and rescue efforts are currently underway,” the Twitter post noted. “As this is evolving, we have no further information to provide at this time.”

Greek news media, citing Greek defence minister sources, stated that the helicopter crashed in the Ionian Sea, west of the Greek mainland, on Wednesday evening.

Greek news reports noted that the helicopter was a CH-124 which had taken off from a Canadian frigate and crashed into the sea some 20 nautical miles outside Greek territorial waters west of Kefalonia island. But Canadian military sources confirm the crash involved a Cyclone helicopter.