News release

Team recovers Canadian Coast Guard helicopter from the Arctic Ocean

Gatineau, Quebec, 26 September 2013 – The sunken Canadian Coast Guard helicopter, which crashed on 9 September 2013, has been successfully recovered from the Arctic Ocean.

A team consisting of the Canadian Coast Guard's CCGS Amundsen and CCGS Henry Larsen, ArcticNet and the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has been working to recover the helicopter since its discovery on Monday afternoon.

Thanks to the technical expertise of the Canadian Coast Guard crew, to ArcticNet, and to the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility pilots who operated the Amundsen's remotely operated vehicle, the wreckage was raised to the surface of the water yesterday where it was safely lifted onto the deck of the Amundsen and then transferred to the Larsen.

While in transit to Resolute, Nunavut, further plans are being made to transport the wreckage to a location where the TSB can conduct its full investigation.

The TSB is grateful for the great collaboration of the Canadian Coast Guard and ArcticNet officials during this difficult operation.

Today's successful recovery operation may contribute important information to the ongoing investigation.

New photos from the recovery operation are available on Flickr.

See the active investigation page for maps, investigator biographies, images and other details.


The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca