BRIEF: Lifting of the operational pause on the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter fleet

Media advisory

June 15, 2020 – Ottawa – Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Media are invited to a brief on the lifting of the operational pause on the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CH-148 Cyclone helicopter fleet. The operational pause was ordered as a precaution following the April 29 crash of a CH-148 Cyclone deployed on Operation REASSURANCE, which resulted in the tragic deaths of Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough, Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald, Captain Kevin Hagen, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, and Master Corporal Matthew Cousins.

In order to respect physical distancing, space will be limited. We encourage media to pool their coverage of this event and/or attend by teleconference.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

West Block, Room 225
Parliament Hill
Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-General Alain Pelletier (Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division and the Operational Airworthiness Authority), Brigadier-General Nancy Tremblay (Director-General of Aerospace Equipment Program Management and Technical Airworthiness Authority) and Colonel John Alexander (Director of Flight Safety and Airworthiness Investigative Authority) will provide information on the lifting of the operational pause on the CH-148 Cyclone fleet. There will also be an opportunity for questions.

Teleconference: Media can also participate by teleconference.

Toll-free (Canada/US) dial-in number: 1-866-206-0153
Local dial-in number: 613-954-9003
Passcode: 3246922#

Note to editors:

Members of the media are asked to confirm their attendance by contacting Lt(N) Melanie Aqiqi by email at

Media are requested to arrive at the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery with photo identification no later than 1:10 p.m. (EDT).

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