Abbigail Cowbrough Wiki – Abbigail Cowbrough Biography
Sub-lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough was a 23-year-old Nova Scotia naval officer who has been named as the first known casualty after a military helicopter crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, April 29.
Sub.-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, seen in her Facebook profile photo, has been identified as one of the victims of a Canadian military helicopter crash
Cowbrough was one of six Canadians aboard a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter when it went down Wednesday into international waters between Greece and Italy. The other five people are still missing.
Abbigail Cowbrough Age
She was 23 years old
Helicopter Crash Victims
A young Nova Scotia naval officer, Sub.-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough is the first known casualty after a Canadian military helicopter crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday.
Cowbrough, 23, was one of six Canadians aboard a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter when it went down Wednesday into international waters between Greece and Italy. The other five people are still missing.
Thursday afternoon, the Canadian Armed Forces released the names of the five missing members:
Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald, pilot, originally from New Glasgow, N.S.
Capt. Kevin Hagen, pilot, originally from Nanaimo, B.C.
Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin, air combat systems officer, originally from Trois-Rivières, Quebec.
Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, naval weapons officer, originally from Truro, N.S.
Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, an airborne electronic sensor operator, originally from Guelph, Ontario.
Sub-lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough Career
Cowbrough graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2018 and was serving as a marine system engineering officer aboard HMCS Fredericton. The vessel sailed from its homeport of Halifax in January 2020 for a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean as part of a NATO operation.
Although Cowbrough was not a member of the flight crew for the helicopter, Brenda Shewchuk said she wasn’t surprised her granddaughter was on board. Shewchuk said Cowbrough was always clamoring for the next adventure.
“It’s no wonder she was on the helicopter because if anybody was going to be, she would be. She was living her dream,” Shewchuk told CBC News Network.
Cowbrough step-father, Shane Cowbrough expressed his grief on social media early Thursday.
“I am broken and gutted. Today I lost my oldest daughter, Abbigail Cowbrough, in the crash involving the Cyclone from HMCS Fredericton. There are no words. You made me forever proud. I will love you always and miss you in every moment. You are the bright light in my life taken far too soon,” he said in a Facebook post.
Shewchuk said Cowbrough’s death was “a horrible loss for the family,” which is split between Nova Scotia and Ontario, where Cowbrough spent her childhood. “She was very young and we all said that she had the beginnings of a very interesting life ahead of her because she was just completely determined to do whatever she put her mind to do,” Shewchuk said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his Condolences and said there will be many questions regarding the tragedy
At a news conference on Thursday, April 30th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Cowbrough, and paid tribute to her and the five military members who are still missing.
Cause of the Helicopter Crash
The cause of the helicopter crash is unknown, and Trudeau acknowledged that “there will be many questions about how this tragedy occurred. “And I can assure you, we will get answers in due course.”
Aircraft from Canada, Italy, and Turkey are searching for the complete wreckage of the helicopter and the missing individuals. The voice and flight data recorders have been retrieved, Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said at the news conference.
Vance said the rest of Canada’s Cyclone helicopter fleet has been put on “operational pause,” and flight safety teams would investigate to rule out any possible fleet-wide problems.
An update on the investigation of the crash has been scheduled for 4 p.m. AT on Thursday at the base.
Sub-lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough was a talented bagpiper
Shewchuk said Cowbrough was a talented bagpiper and had been playing since she was a child. Following the deadly shooting in Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19, Cowbrough was recorded playing Amazing Grace on her bagpipes, standing on the deck of HMCS Fredericton, as a tribute to the 22 victims.