CH-149 Cormorant


The CH-149 Cormorant is a long-range helicopter dedicated to search and rescue. It can operate in severe conditions, making it ideal for Canada’s challenging geography and climate.

The Cormorant can carry up to 12 stretchers or a load of 5,000 kilograms. Its advanced systems provide a stable hover for critical hoisting operations. It has helped rescue mountain climbers, lost hikers, shipcrews and more.

Length 22.8 m
Rotor span 18.5 m
Height 6.5 m
Maximum gross weight 14,600 kg
Maximum speed 277 km/h
Range 1,000+ km
  • Comox, B.C.
  • Gander, N.L.
  • Greenwood, N.S.
This aircraft is used for Search and rescue


A person hangs suspended on a tether from a large helicopter flying near snow-covered, mountainous terrain.

Investments in modernizing and increasing the CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue fleet

Investments in the CH-147 Cormorant helicopter fleet, announced on August 22, 2019, will see the fleet augmented by a minimum of two helicopters. The fleet will undergo upgrades and enhancements that will extend the life of the aircraft to at least 2042.
August 22, 2019

Engine Compressor

CH149906 Cormorant - Epilogue

Helicopter CH149906 was conducting a normal take off to a 10 foot hover.  Three seconds into the take off, at approximately three to four feet above ground, the crew heard a clunk followed by "Master Warning" and "Engine Fail" tones.
August 7, 2013

Cormorant CH149910

CH149910 Cormorant - Epilogue

A technician was carrying out a torque check and nut replacement of the bolted connection between the Main Gearbox (MGB) upper case and main case when a lock-ring stud failed in overload.
November 16, 2012

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