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AVRO Arrow CF-105: Greenland Search and Rescue Secure Recovery Site.

Body of pilot found frozen in cockpit

(SNN) - Acting on information received from Canadian climatologists, a search and rescue team under the authority of the government of Greenland have secured the site of the downed aircraft. “I can report that we have secured the site of the crashed AVRO Canada CF-105 Arrow,” said Gorrick Olsvig spokesperson for the government of Greenland. “The aircraft is not fully intact, and we can report that the body of the pilot was found frozen in the cockpit.”

Earlier this month it was reported that the AVRO Arrow was found intact, however, the Canadians that located the aircraft did so from the air and never did make contact with the recovery site. “The airframe is approximately 60 percent beneath the surface in ice, which makes recovery of the airframe difficult,” said Olsvig, “The location where the aircraft was found does not experience mild weather.”

Canadian officials have been advised that Greenland will not cooperate, and that the aircraft has been claimed as international salvage.

“The government of Greenland will provide further information as it becomes available.” said Olsvig.  It was reported that the pilot inside the cockpit was not wearing a Canadian or US military uniform, but was wearing the insignia of the Air Force of the National People's Army, which was the Air Force of then East Germany.

Canadian authorities have not commented on the discovery.

The AVRO Canada CF-105 Arrow was a delta-winged interceptor aircraft, designed and built by AVRO Canada beginning in 1953. The Arrow was considered to be the most advanced jet fighter of its time and a source of national pride for Canada.

First test flown in 1958, the program was pushing to production when it was abruptly halted. The controversy that followed resulted in the destruction of AVRO Canada, with many leaders in the industry leaving the country. The Arrow's cancellation was announced on the 20th of February 1959, a day that became known as "Black Friday" in the Canadian aviation industry.

RELATED STORY: Missing AVRO Arrow found frozen in time deep inside Greenland
RELATED STORY: CTV: Avro Arrow mystery deepens with U.K. discovery

UPDATE - APRIL 12th, 2014: SPY PHOTO: Recovered AVRO Arrow restored and in service in Greenland.


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