Helicopter Crash - Two Canadians and one ISAF soldier have died in
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.
MCpl Pat Audet
Cpl Martin Joannette
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
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