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Crashed chopper found in Arctic

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A remote-control vehicle has located a sunken Canadian Coast Guard helicopter that crashed during a routine ice patrol in the Arctic Ocean, killing three men.

The Transportation Safety Board says in a release the vehicle has found the Messerschmitt Bo-105 chopper that went down Sept. 9 in the M'Clure Strait.

The goal is to retrieve the helicopter as quickly as possible, but the board says ice and weather conditions pose a significant challenge to the operation and the safety of those involved. The commander of the icebreaker Amundsen was among those killed in the crash.

Post-mortem examinations have suggested the men likely survived the impact but later died of hypothermia after being in the frigid water for about one hour.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 25, 2013 A6

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