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Memorial service held for three Canadian pilots

Jan. 29, 2013, Antarctica - A memorial service has been held in Antarctica to honour three Canadians who died in a plane crash there last week.

January 29, 2013  By Carey Fredericks

The three employees of Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air were killed when their Twin Otter slammed into a mountain last Wednesday.

The U.S. National Science Foundation held the ceremony at its Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

The agency says the dead men made the ultimate sacrifice while supporting scientific research in a remote and hostile environment.

Aboard the aircraft was pilot Bob Heath of Inuvik, Mike Denton of Calgary and a third Canadian identified in media reports as Perry Andersen, of Collingwood, Ont.


American and New Zealand searchers were able to recover the voice recorder from the plane’s tail and it’s being sent to Ottawa to be examined.

But searchers have decided they cannot safely recover the bodies of the men until possibly October, when winter in Antarctica is over.


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