6 Canadian service members killed in helicopter crash honoured at CFB Trenton ceremony

On April 29, a CH-148 Cyclone crashed in the Ionian Sea while taking part in NATO exercises. Defence officials have said it was returning to HMCS Fredericton at the end of a NATO training mission.

The remains of Cowbrough, who was a naval officer, were subsequently recovered. The other five service members on board are missing and presumed dead.

The other five service members are Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald, a pilot originally from New Glasgow, N.S.; Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, a naval warfare officer originally from Truro, N.S.; Capt. Kevin Hagen, a pilot originally from Nanaimo, B.C.; Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin, an air combat systems officer originally from Trois-Rivières, Que.; and Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, an airborne electronic sensor operator originally from Guelph, Ont.

The remains of one other person have been recovered but not yet identified.

Because their bodies haven’t been found, the five missing service members were represented at the ceremony by different military service caps, depending on whether they were members of the Royal Canadian Navy or Royal Canadian Air Force.

Military members carried those caps off the plane, much like Cowbrough’s casket, before placing each of them inside waiting hearses.

The families then gathered one by one next to the empty hearses, embracing each other and crying.