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Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash

Updated Mon. Jul. 6 2009 11:27 PM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

Two Canadian soldiers have died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, along with another coalition soldier. Three other Canadians were injured.

The killed Canadians have been identified as Master Cpl. Pat Audet, 38, and Cpl. Martin Joannette, 25.

Military officials say it was a coalition helicopter that crashed at a U.S. base in Zabul province, about 80 kilometres northeast of Kandahar where the bulk of Canadian troops are based.

Insurgents were not involved in the incident.

The latest casualties bring Canada's military death toll in Afghanistan to 124 since the mission began in 2002.

Developing story...
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2009, 00:03:55 »
RIP Cplc Audet, Cpl Joannette and the other NATO soldier.  :salute:

Thoughts and prayers to family, friends and comrades and wishes for a quick and full recovery for the other injured members of the crew.

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Updated Mon. Jul. 6 2009 11:56 PM ET

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Two Canadian soldiers have died in a Griffon helicopter crash in Afghanistan, along with another coalition soldier. Three other Canadians were injured.

The killed Canadians have been identified as Master Cpl. Pat Audet, 38, and Cpl. Martin Joannette, 25. Both were based in Valcartier, Que.

Audet served with the 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, and Joannette was with the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment.

Two of the injured soldiers were able to return to duty, while the third was listed in stable condition.

Military officials say the helicopter crashed at a U.S. base in Zabul province, about 80 kilometres northeast of Kandahar where the bulk of Canadian troops are based.

Insurgents were not involved in the incident, suggesting the helicopter may have suffered from mechanical failure.

"A flight-safety investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the crash," said Canadian commander Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance.

Griffons are used mainly to transport troops, and are part of the Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan. They have been used by the Canadian military since the start of this year.

The majority of Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan have died from IED blasts along Kandahar's dangerous roads. Because of that, helicopters are considered a much safer method of transportation.

"With the arrival of the Griffon and Chinook helicopters in our area of operations, (Audet and Joannette) played a valuable role in reducing exposures to IEDs, and by providing aviation support to combat operations," said Vance.

Audet was on his first deployment to Afghanistan. He is survived by a wife, Katherine, and his parents. Joanette, although younger, was on his third deployment. He leaves behind a wife, Marie-Eve.

"Their contribution here in Afghanistan was incredible, and we will remember their sacrifice always," said Vance.

Canada has now lost four soldiers in as many days. Cpl. Nicholas Bulger died from an improvised explosive device on July 3, and Master Cpl. Charles-Philippe Michaud died the next day, succumbing from injuries he had suffered in a bomb blast the previous month.

"It has been an extremely difficult week here in Kandahar," said Vance. "We all are feeling a great sense of loss."

The latest casualties bring Canada's military death toll in Afghanistan to 124 since the mission began in 2002.

With files from The Canadian Press

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2009, 00:16:45 »
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2009, 00:23:06 »
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2009, 00:36:34 »
Again, more bad news....

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2009, 00:39:47 »
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2009, 02:12:07 »
What a horribly sad week for our troops.

RIP Soldiers.

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2009, 05:18:10 »
RIP boys, you will be missed.

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2009, 05:26:35 »
News Release
Helicopter Crash - Two Canadian and one ISAF soldier have died and three others injured
CEFCOM NR–09.019 - July 7, 2009


OTTAWA– Two Canadian air crew members and one ISAF soldier were killed when a Canadian CH-146 Griffon helicopter crashed during take-off.  The incident occurred at a Forward Operating Base in Tarnak Va Jaldak, Zabul Province, northeast of Kandahar City at around 1:50 p.m., Kandahar time, on 6 July 2009.

Killed in action were MCpl Pat Audet from 430e Escadron tactique d'hélicoptères based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier and Cpl Martin Joannette from the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, near Quebec City.

Three other Canadian Forces members were injured in the crash, but were able to walk away from the crash site. They have been evacuated by helicopter to the Role 3 Multi-National Medical Facility at the Kandahar Airfield. Two of them have returned to duty and the third is in stable condition.

The identities of the injured members will not be released.

An Air Wing Flight Safety investigation is underway, however it has been determined that the crash did not occur as a result of enemy fire.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our fallen comrades during this very difficult time.

Members of Task Force Kandahar are committed to improving security and increasing development in Kandahar Province.  Despite this accident we are determined to continue working with our Afghan and international partners towards a better future for the people of Afghanistan.

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Photographs of MCpl Pat Audet and Cpl Martin Joannette are available on the Combat Camera website at: www.combatcamera.ca
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2009, 05:49:59 »
2 Canadian soldiers die in Afghanistan helicopter crash
Third soldier from NATO coalition also died
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 | 1:05 AM ET
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Master Cpl. Patrice Audet died in Afghanistan on Monday in a helicopter crash in Zabul province, about 80 kilometres northeast of Kandahar city. (DND)

Two Canadian soldiers and another from the NATO coalition in Afghanistan died Monday in a helicopter crash that may have been caused by mechanical failure or human error.

The Canadians were Master Cpl. Patrice Audet, 38, and Cpl. Martin Joannette, 25. Three other Canadian soldiers, whose names weren't disclosed in keeping with military policy, were injured. Two of them have already returned to work while the third one was in stable condition at the hospital at the Kandahar Airfield.

The home country of the third coalition soldier was not identified.

The crash comes after the deaths of two other Canadian soldiers, one of whom died Friday following the explosion of a roadside bomb and another who succumbed Saturday to wounds sustained last month.

"It has been an extremely difficult week here in Kandahar," Canadian commander Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance said early Tuesday. "We all are feeling a great sense of loss."

The crash occurred at about 1:50 p.m. local time at an American forward operating base in Zabul province, about 80 kilometres northeast of Kandahar city, and was not related to insurgent activity, the military said.


Cpl. Martin Joannette died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan that was not the result enemy fire, but may have been caused by mechanical failure or human error. (DND)

The Zabul base is outside Canada's main sphere of operations, but the crew was apparently on a transport mission.

The cause of the crash has not been determined, but enemy fire has been ruled out, Vance said.

"A flight-safety investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the crash," he said.

Audet served with the 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron while Joannette was with the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment. Both were based at Valcartier, Que.

Vance described Audet as a "charismatic man who always knew the right words to put a smile on someone's face" and as a "big man with a gentle heart."

Joannette had a "heart of gold and a remarkable generosity," Vance said. "He was a proud and devoted infantryman who excelled in adversity."

The latest deaths bring to 124 the number of Canadian soldiers who have died as part of the Afghan mission since 2002.

With files from The Canadian Press
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2009, 06:30:55 »
May they rest in peace.

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery to the wounded and for comfort for those who remain.  :salute:
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2009, 06:36:15 »
RIP boys and a speedy recovery to the three.

Pat, you always had a smile on your face and an ear ready to listen.  You were a great sounding board and always made me laugh.  You will be missed.
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2009, 06:55:51 »
Damn.....

Condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the fallen, and hopes for a quick recovery for the wounded.

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2009, 07:06:09 »
RIP Soldiers :salute: My prayers go out for the family, friends. and the wounded.

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British Engineer Reported Killed in Zabul Helicopter Crash
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2009, 07:16:20 »
This, from the UK's Ministry of Defence:
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It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a soldier from 22 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, died in a helicopter incident in Afghanistan yesterday, Monday 6 July 2009.

The incident took place while on takeoff in Zabul province, Afghanistan, yesterday afternoon.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Richardson, said:

    "Today has been a sad day in the history of Task Force Helmand and this death has deeply moved us. The loss of a soldier, friend and colleague is tragic and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time."

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2009, 07:43:03 »
RIP MCpl Audet and Cpl Joannette.  My condolences to their comrades, families, friends and loved ones.  I hope the rest of the crew recovers quickly, in every sense.

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2009, 08:07:27 »
Condolences to the family and friends.

Rest in peace.   :salute:

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2009, 09:38:11 »
Rest in peace guys, speedy recovery to the injured.

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2009, 10:30:55 »
RIP Troops. You've done your duty, now we WILL do ours.

We WILL remember you.

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2009, 13:43:07 »
Rest in Peace, troops.My most sincere condolences to the family and friends of our fallen comrades. Speedy recovery to the wounded. Ubique :cdn: :yellow: :cdn: :yellow:
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #20 on: July 07, 2009, 13:54:00 »
Does anyone know when they will arrive in canada and begin their journey down the highway of heroes? Today, tomorrow....?

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2009, 18:48:01 »
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2009, 18:56:16 »
Does anyone know when they will arrive in canada and begin their journey down the highway of heroes? Today, tomorrow....?

They left Afghanistan today, so expect them in the next couple of days.......
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2009, 18:57:16 »
Does anyone know when they will arrive in canada ....
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2009, 18:58:46 »
Statement
Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the death of Master Corporal Pat Audet and Corporal Martin Joannette
NR–09.048 - July 7, 2009


OTTAWA - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the death of two Canadian Forces members in Afghanistan.

“I would like to convey my sincerest condolences to the families and friends of Master Corporal Pat Audet and Corporal Martin Joannette, who died as the result of a CH-146 Griffon helicopter crash. The accident occurred during take-off near a forward operating base in Tarnak Va Jaldak, Zabul Province, northeast of Kandahar City.

I would also like to express my sympathy to the family and friends of the fallen ISAF soldier, killed in the same incident, and wish a quick recovery to the three Canadians injured.

This tragedy demonstrates the great risks involved in this challenging mission.

These courageous servicemen gave their lives to secure a brighter future for Afghan families and protect the values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. Canada's collaboration and determination to contribute to this UN-sanctioned, NATO-led mission will not waiver.

Canada and the Canadian people will always remember this tragic occurrence and we support all those bereaved in these difficult times.”

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MCpl Pat Audet was from 430e Escadron tactique d'hélicoptères, based at CFB Valcartier, and Cpl Martin Joannette was from the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment based at CFB Valcartier, near Quebec City.
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2009, 19:49:37 »
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #26 on: July 07, 2009, 19:58:15 »
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #27 on: July 08, 2009, 06:54:18 »
Rest in peace.......our condolences to the families and friends..... :salute:

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UK MoD Identifies Brit Engineer Killed in Crash
« Reply #28 on: July 08, 2009, 10:12:15 »
Captain Ben Babington-Browne killed in Afghanistan (link embedded in title)
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It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Captain Ben Babington-Browne from 22 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Monday 6 July 2009.

The incident took place whilst on takeoff in Zabul province, at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Mescall, on the afternoon of 6 July 2009.

Two Canadian soldiers were also killed in the crash.

Captain Babington-Browne was working in the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) Headquarters of Regional Command (South) and was visiting FOB Mescall as part of an ISAF team to undertake an engineering survey of the Romanian FOB.

Captain Ben Babington-Browne

Captain Ben Babington-Browne was born on 17 October 1981 and grew up in Maidstone. After graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and completing the Royal Engineers Troop Commanders' Course he joined 22 Engineer Regiment in April 2007...."

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #29 on: July 08, 2009, 10:31:16 »
R.I.P to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for Canada and the people of Afghanistan to those who are injured a speedy recovery.  :salute: :cdn: :salute: :cdn: :salute:

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #30 on: July 08, 2009, 15:20:08 »
News Release
Our Fallen Airman and Fallen Soldier Return Home
LFCA MA 09-13 - July 8, 2009


OTTAWA – Our fallen airman, Master Corporal Pat Audet  from 430 Escadron tactique d’hélicoptères, based at Canadians Forces Base Valcartier and our fallen soldier, Corporal Martin Joannette from the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, near Quebec City, return home to Canada tomorrow.

Where: 8 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.

When: Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

What: At the request of the families, media will be permitted on the tarmac.

Present to pay their respects will be the Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Peter MacKay, Chief of Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk and other dignitaries.

The two air crew members and one ISAF soldier were killed when a Canadian CH-146 Griffon helicopter crashed during take-off. The incident occurred at a Forward Operating Base in Tarnak Va Jaldak, Zabul Province, northeast of Kandahar Cityat around 1:50 p.m., Kandahar time, on July 6, 2009.

Three other Canadian Forces members were injured in the crash.

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Note to Editors/News Directors:

Interested media may contact Captain Mark Peebles, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer, who can be reached at (613) 392-2811, ext. 2041, or at: peebles.m@forces.gc.ca

For general queries, please contact the Media Liaison Office at 1-866-377-0811 or 613-996-2353, or on weekends 613-792-2973. For flight information, please contact the Air Passenger Terminal at 1-800-487-1186.
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #31 on: July 08, 2009, 16:19:44 »
It's truly heart breaking when our country looses any of its soldiers.  The fallen soldiers, their families and those involved are in my prayers.
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #32 on: July 08, 2009, 18:29:56 »
rest in peace soldiers (salute)
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #33 on: July 08, 2009, 23:49:57 »
RIP Gentlemen, you sacrifice will not be forgotten.....my thoughts are with the families.  On a more personal note, MCpl Pat Audet is an exemplary human being, the kind of person that will find a little way to make you smile, no matter how crappy the day.....true salt of the earth.  I am proud to have trained and flown with him.....but most of all to have called him friend.....Godspeed mon ami.  DNO78.

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #34 on: July 09, 2009, 07:04:51 »
More possible info on the crash 

They come home today.  Welcome home; I just wish it were under pleasant circumstances.  :salute:
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #35 on: July 09, 2009, 21:39:51 »
Thanks to all those who came out to the repat where ever you happened to stand.

I've been to I don't know how many repats on the other end and this is my first back home.  The fact that I knew one of the fallen and both were working for Tac Hel made it especially poignant.  Thankfully there were a couple of shoulders available after the repat as well as a relaxing ride back to K-Town (Thanks Journeyman).
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #36 on: July 10, 2009, 10:20:35 »
RIP guys.  :salute:  :cdn:

A very unfortunate way to go :(

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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #39 on: July 13, 2009, 10:18:49 »
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MCPL Audet's Funeral 16 Jul 09 @ Valcartier
« Reply #40 on: July 15, 2009, 11:23:00 »
Master-Corporal Audet' military funeral (link embedded in title)

    VALCARTIER GARRISON, QC, July 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The military funeral for
Master-Corporal Patrice "Pat" Audet will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2009,
at 2:00 p.m., in Sainte-Jeanne d'Arc Chapel, located on the Valcartier
Garrison. Master-Corporal Audet died in Afghanistan on July 6.

    VISITATION

    When:  Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and
           7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (friends and family)
           Thursday, July 16, 2009  -  From 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (friends
           and family)

    Where: Centre funéraire de Charlesbourg, located at 7335, Henri-Bourassa
           Blvd, in Quebec

    Citizens who wish to honour Master-Corporal Audet' memory are welcome to
join the funeral procession which will travel successively on Henri-Bourassa
Blvd, 73rd Street E, 1st Av., and Highways 40 and 573 to Valcartier Garrison'
main gate. The procession should leave the funeral center around 1:00 p.m.

    Born in the Montreal region, Master-Corporal Patrice Audet joined the
Canadian Forces on November 15, 1988. Thirty eight years old, Pat served with
430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron located in Valcartier, since March 15, 2004.
He carried out his first mission in the Middle East in 2002, and later left on
his second tour, in Afghanistan, in mid-April 2009.

                NOTES TO THE CHIEF EDITOR/SENIOR NEWS EDITOR:

    Members of Master-Corporal Audet' family want to go through their mourning
in privacy. They wish that media representatives respect their choice of not
according interviews. Media will therefore not be granted access to the
chapel, the funeral home and cemetery.


For further information: 5 CMBG Public Affairs Office, (418) 844-5000
extension 4688, Pager: (418) 260-3082
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Re: Two Canadian soldiers killed in helicopter crash - 6 July 2009
« Reply #41 on: July 20, 2011, 11:05:23 »
Board of Inquiry report out (report in PDF format attached):
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The final report of the Board of Inquiry (BOI) into the 6 July 2009 crash of Canadian Griffon helicopter (CH-146) in support of Operation ATHENA was released today. The BOI found two direct contributing factors, human error and conditions of the landing zone.  The Board also made recommendations regarding operating standards and procedures, training, equipment use, and safety measures.

“I am satisfied with the results of the BOI and it is important to note that 12 out of the 18 recommendations have already been implemented during predeployment preparations and training in Canada and in support our forces in Afghanistan to ensure crashes of this scale are prevented in the future,” stated Lieutenant-General Lessard.  Some of the recommendations implemented, include improvements in the standards for landing zones and in the training of crews operating in poor visibility conditions. The remaining recommendations are currently undergoing implementation or being carefully considered by Air Force staff, who will take appropriate action with the aim of preventing this kind of accident from recurring.

Killed in the Griffon helicopter crash were Master Corporal Pat Audet from 430e Escadron tactique d'hélicoptères based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier and Corporal Martin Joannette from the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment also based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, near Quebec City, along with one British soldier ....
Source:  CF news release, 20 Jul 11
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Flight Safety Investigative Report and Epilogue now out
« Reply #42 on: January 30, 2013, 15:12:38 »
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.... The investigation identified that the aircraft weight exceeded limits, the crew did not complete pre-flight performance calculations and, they attempted the takeoff without knowing the helicopter’s available power.  Errors and omissions in critical operational and technical reference material precluded the crew from accurately conducting essential pre-flight calculations had they attempted to do so.  Furthermore, evidence existed of a systemic lack of understanding within the CH146 community of how to correctly utilize performance data.  Pilot training for operations in DVE was also found to be inadequate.

The investigation identified that the Griffon was deployed to Afghanistan without proper mitigation strategies for certain missions.  There was a breakdown in communication between command and tactical levels about the commander’s intent to mitigate limited aircraft performance in Afghanistan’s environment.  Finally, limited amount of personnel in key headquarter positions contributed to inadequate planning support during the deployment preparation and planning phases.

Post-accident, safety actions included risk management activities, improvements to technical airworthiness processes, amendments to aircraft publications, changes to flight procedures, and the creation of performance planning software.  Flying orders were modified to require all Griffon passengers be seated in approved seats with lap belts secured for takeoffs and landings.  The annual pilot examination was modified to address performance planning deficiencies.  Defence Research and Development Canada and the Directorate of Air Requirements initiated projects to enhance crew efficiency in a DVE.  Additional preventive measures include further revisions to the aircraft publications, performance calculation training, training in DVE for all CF helicopter pilots, and operational currency requirements.  Improvements to software planning tools, upgrades to Griffon systems for operations in DVE, the modification of Crash Fire Rescue standards for deployed operations, reviewing performance deficiencies associated with adapting civilian aircraft models for CF use, and the creation of capability planning teams for major deployments are also recommended ....
CH146434 Griffon, Directorate of Flight Safety web page, 30 Jan 13

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Re: 6 July 2009: MCPL Pat Audet, CPL Martin Joannette, R.I.P.
« Reply #43 on: August 26, 2014, 21:25:49 »
Bumped with the latest from the inquest under way in the U.K. into the death of the British officer on board ....
Afghan crash helicopter 'unsuitable' inquest hears

A Canadian helicopter that crashed in southern Afghanistan killing a British officer on-board was unsuitable for its role because of the temperature and heat

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/11057018/Afghan-crash-helicopter-unsuitable-inquest-hears.html
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