Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 08, 2009 14:27 ET

Media Advisory: Our Fallen Airman and Fallen Soldier Return Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2009) - Our fallen airman, Master Corporal Pat Audet from 430 Escadron tactique d'helicopteres, based at Canadians Forces Base Valcartier and our fallen soldier, Corporal Martin Joannette from the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, near Quebec City, return home to Canada tomorrow.

Where: 8 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.

When: Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

What: At the request of the families, media will be permitted on the

Present to pay their respects will be the Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Peter MacKay, Chief of Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk and other dignitaries.

The two 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 July 6, 2009.

Three other Canadian Forces members were injured in the crash.

Note to Editors/News Directors:

Interested media may contact Captain Mark Peebles, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer, who can be reached at (613) 392-2811, ext. 2041, or at:

For general queries, please contact the Media Liaison Office at 1-866-377-0811 or 613-996-2353, or on weekends 613-792-2973. For flight information, please contact the Air Passenger Terminal at 1-800-487-1186.

Contact Information

  • 8 Wing/CFB Trenton
    Captain Mark Peebles
    Public Affairs Officer
    613-392-2811, ext. 2041
    Media Liaison Office
    1-866-377-0811 or 613-996-2353
    or on weekends 613-792-2973
    For flight information
    Air Passenger Terminal