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Canadians dead or missing after helicopter crash

Composite image shows six Canadians who were aboard the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter that crashed into the sea on Wednesday.

PHOTOS: Six Canadians on board downed Canadian helicopter

On Wednesday, a helicopter serving with a NATO task force crashed into the Ionian Sea between Italy and Greece with six Canadian service people on board.

Four Royal Canadian Air Force members and two Royal Canadian Navy members were on board the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter at the time.

The Canadian Armed Forces has identified the five service members missing in Wednesday's helicopter crash off the coast of Greece.The government earlier today confirmed that Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough died when the helicopter crashed.

During a press conference on Thursday, Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said the Cyclone fleet has been put on "operational pause" temporarily to allow flight safety teams to investigate and rule out any fleet-wide problems. He added the helicopter fleet is modern and has "state-of-the-art" technology.

With files from CBC.