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Denton to be honoured with Calgary memorial

Feb. 1, 2013, Calgary - A memorial will be held today in Calgary for one of three Canadians who died last month when their small plane crashed into a mountainside in Antarctica.


February 1, 2013
By The Canadian Press

Relatives say Mike Denton was thoughtful, honest, conscientious and hardworking.

Denton was on board a Twin Otter operated by Kenn Borek Air, along with pilot Bob Heath of Inuvik and Perry Andersen of Collingwood, Ontario.

Their plane had left the Amundsen-Scott station and was en route to an Italian research base when its emergency locator beacon began transmitting a signal.

For several days, bad weather hampered rescue efforts but when searchers finally spotted the wreckage, they said it was not possible that anyone had survived.

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Officials have said it will not be possible to try to recover the bodies until October, when winter in Antarctica is over and a new research season begins.