Antarctic crash victims remembered

MICHAEL FIELD
Last updated 08:53 31/01/2013

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An informal memorial has been held at the South Pole to honour three Canadians who died in a plane crash in Antarctica, The Canadian Press reports.

The men, all employees of Kenn Borek Air, were killed when their Twin Otter slammed into a mountain in the Queen Alexandra mountain range last week as it was flying to Terra Nova Bay.

About 75 people, including three Kenn Borek colleagues, gathered outside Amundsen- Scott South Pole Station for a moment's silence as an American flag was replaced with a Canadian one for the day.

The foundation's Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula has also lowered its Canadian flag to half-mast for three days in what staff are calling "remembrance of the fallen members of our Antarctic family".

Canadian Press said Kenn Borek Air had not identified the dead crew, but friends had named the pilot as Bob Heath of Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories, Mike Denton, a newlywed from Calgary, and Perry Andersen of Collingwood, Ontario.

American and New Zealand search teams in helicopters were able to land near the crash site on Sunday and retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the plane.

A full recovery mission will be undertaken next spring.

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- The Press

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