RCAF to hold flypast for pilot lost in helicopter crash


A flypast by Royal Canadian Air Force CH-147F Chinook and CH-146 Griffon helicopters will take place over a memorial service for Captain Marc Larouche at Garrison Petawawa at approximately 2 pm on Friday, July 7.

A funeral guard from 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron will also perform a rifle volley in honour of Capt. Larouche at a private family service at Zion Cemetery in Pembroke.

The aircraft will fly at a minimum altitude of 300 feet above the highest obstacle in their path.

Flypasts conducted by Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft are carefully planned and closely controlled for public safety, and are dependent upon weather and flying conditions.

Through this flypast, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and Capt. Larouche’s colleagues, will honour him and his service following his tragic death in a Chinook accident on June 20.

A separate memorial service was held in Woodstock, Ont. on July 4 for Capt. David Domagala, who was also lost in the accident.

The memorial service at Garrison Petawawa is open to the public. A private ceremony for family at Zion Cemetery in Pembroke will follow the memorial service.

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