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2 missing air force crew found dead after helicopter crash near Ottawa

Bodies of the two Royal Canadian Air Force members reported missing after a helicopter crashed into the Ottawa River have been recovered.

The Department of National Defence says that the bodies were found in the river hours after the crash.

The defence department confirmed a CH-147 Chinook helicopter crashed into the water during a training flight and the incident happened near Garrison Petawawa at 12:10 a.m. on Tuesday, the CTV News report said.

Garrison Petawawa is about 150 kilometre northwest of the capital city Ottawa, Xinhua news agency reported.

The missing crew are among a total of four who were on the helicopter at the time of the accident. The other two members of the crew were found by first responders and taken to hospital, according to the report.

Canadian Armed Forces members, the Ontario Provincial Police marine unit, and the Petawawa and Pembroke fire departments all assisted in the search, CTV News reported.

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