Homecoming motorcade procession for fallen Cyclone helicopter crew

From top left: Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins, Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough and Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald. From bottom left: Capt. Kevin Hagen, Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke and Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin. (Credit: Department of National Defence)

A homecoming motorcade will take place today in honour of the remaining fallen crew members killed when a Cyclone helicopter crashed into the Ionian Sea off Greece in late April.

The families of Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, a naval warfare officer originally from Truro, Captain Brenden MacDonald, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, and Master Corporal Matthew Cousins will leave the Halifax Stanfield International Airport at 5:45 p.m. with a police-escorted motorcade.

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) says the families will be joined by military and civilian dignitaries.

The motorcade for Sub-Lt. Pyke will head to the Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home in Truro, with the other three families going to the Atlantic Funeral Home in Dartmouth.

For traffic safety, the RCAF says that the motorcycle part of the procession will be by invitation only.

Riders who want to pay their respects are asked to line the route and not join the procession as it passes.

The homecoming for Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough took place on May 11th and the homecoming for Captain Kevin Hagen will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, on Saturday.

Planned motorcade route for SLt Pyke:

  1. Start at the Park ’n’ Fly parking lot on Barnes Dr, exit right
  2. Turn right on Baldwin Dr to Pratt and Whitney Dr
  3. Turn right on Pratt and Whitney Dr to Bell Blvd
  4. Turn left on Bell Blvd and take the exit for NS-102 North (Truro)
  5. Take Exit 13 to McClures Mills Road / Truro Heights Connector Road
  6. Turn left onto Willow St / Nova Scotia Trunk 2 North
  7. Turn right onto Arthur St
  8. Turn left onto Young St
  9. Turn right into the Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St, Truro

Planned motorcade route for Capt MacDonald, Capt Miron-Morin, and MCpl Cousins:

  1. Start at the Park ’n’ Fly parking lot on Barnes Dr, exit right
  2. Turn right on Baldwin Dr to Pratt to Whitney Dr
  3. Turn left on Pratt and Whitney Dr to Aerotech Dr
  4. Turn right on Aerotech Dr to NS-102
  5. Take NS-102 South (Halifax) exit
  6. Follow the NS-102 South, keep left at the fork to continue on NS-118
  7. Take Exit 11 to merge onto NS-111 South to Pleasant St
  8. Turn left on Pleasant St to Corsair Dr
  9. Turn left on Corsair Dr to Banshee Ave
  10. Turn right on Banshee Ave to Swordfish Dr
  11. Turn right on Swordfish Dr to Boundary Rd
  12. Turn left on Boundary Rd to Magnificent Ave
  13. Turn right on Magnificent Ave
  14. Turn right on Bonaventure St to Main Rd
  15. Turn left on Main Rd, through Eastern Passage to Cow Bay Rd
  16. Turn left on Cow Bay Rd to Caldwell Rd
  17. Turn left on Caldwell Rd to Cole Harbour Rd (Portland St turns into Cole Harbour Rd)
  18. Turn right onto Cole Harbour Rd to Forest Hills Parkway
  19. Turn left on Forest Hills Parkway to Main St
  20. Turn right on Main St, drive 100 metres past the Montague Rd intersection
  21. Turn left into the Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St, Dartmouth

*Please note there might be delays or changes to the route due to circumstances beyond control.