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Cyclone crash victims from Nova Scotia to get a motorcade procession

The hearse carrying Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, one of the victims of a military helicopter crash, heads through Dartmouth, N.S. on Monday, May 11, 2020.
The hearse carrying Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, one of the victims of a military helicopter crash, heads through Dartmouth, N.S. on Monday, May 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

On Thursday, Cpt. Brenden MacDonald, Cpt. Maxime Miron-Morin, SLt. Matthew Pyke, and Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins will return to their hometowns.

They were among the six Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who died in the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash in the Mediterranean Sea on April 29.

Recovery mission for Cyclone helicopter crash officially over
Recovery mission for Cyclone helicopter crash officially over

A CAF press release says the family of Matthew Pyke will be escorted in a motorcade, by military and civilian dignitaries.

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The procession will ride from the Halifax International Airport to Truro’s Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home.

The families of MacDonald, Miron-Morin and Cousins will also be joined by a police-escorted motorcade of military and civilian dignitaries.

From the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the procession will head to the Atlantic Funeral Home in Dartmouth, N.S.

Read more: CAF Cyclone helicopter crashed ‘at low altitude, was unrecoverable,’ report finds

According to the release, the departure is planned for 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

“For traffic safety, the motorcycle part of the procession will be by invitation only. Riders who want to pay their respects are kindly asked to line the route and not join the procession as it passes,” reads the release.

The planned motorcade route for Sub-Lt. Pyke is:

  • Start at the Park ’n’ Fly parking lot on Barnes Dr, exit right
  • Turn right on Baldwin Dr to Pratt and Whitney Dr
  • Turn right on Pratt and Whitney Dr to Bell Blvd
  • Turn left on Bell Blvd and take the exit for NS-102 North (Truro)
  • Take Exit 13 to McClures Mills Road / Truro Heights Connector Road
  • Turn left onto Willow St / Nova Scotia Trunk 2 North
  • Turn right onto Arthur St
  • Turn left onto Young St
  • Turn right into the Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St, Truro

Read more: Air Force to resume Cyclone helicopter flights as investigation into crash continues

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The planned motorcade route for Cpt MacDonald, Cpt Miron-Morin, and MCpl Cousins:

  • Start at the Park ’n’ Fly parking lot on Barnes Dr, exit right
  • Turn right on Baldwin Dr to Pratt to Whitney Dr
  • Turn left on Pratt and Whitney Dr to Aerotech Dr
  • Turn right on Aerotech Dr to NS-102
  • Take NS-102 South (Halifax) exit
  • Follow the NS-102 South, keep left at the fork to continue on NS-118
  • Take Exit 11 to merge onto NS-111 South to Pleasant St
  • Turn left on Pleasant St to Corsair Dr
  • Turn left on Corsair Dr to Banshee Ave
  • Turn right on Banshee Ave to Swordfish Dr
  • Turn right on Swordfish Dr to Boundary Rd
  • Turn left on Boundary Rd to Magnificent Ave
  • Turn right on Magnificent Ave
  • Turn right on Bonaventure St to Main Rd
  • Turn left on Main Rd., through Eastern Passage to Caldwell Rd
  • Turn left on Caldwell Rd to Cole Harbour Rd (Portland St turns into Cole Harbour Rd)
  • Turn right onto Cole Harbour Rd to Forest Hills Parkway
  • Turn left on Forest Hills Parkway to Main St
  • Turn right on Main St, drive 100 metres past the Montague Rd intersection
  • Turn left into the Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St, Dartmouth

The CAF also requests the public to respect the families’ privacies as they grieve.