Canadian Coast Guard Helicopter Crashes in Arctic, 3 Dead

Published Sep 10, 2013 3:05 PM by The Maritime Executive

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is launching an investigation into the crash of a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) helicopter that has killed three people.

The CCG helicopter, operated by Transport Canada, departed from the CCG vessel Amundsen [pictured above] and crashed in the M'Clure Strait, off the coast of Banks Island, Northwest Territories in the Arctic Ocean. The helicopter had left the Amundsen, stationed in the Beaufort Sea, as part of a scientific mission studying climate change and marine ecosystems.

The three dead are the pilot, Daniel Dube; Marc Thibault, the commander of the icebreaker Amundsen from which the helicopter took off; and University of Manitoba researcher Klaus Hochheim.

The TSB is gathering information and will be deploying.

This incident comes just weeks after four oil workers were killed in a helicopter crash offshore Scotland.