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Fallen soldier returns home after weather delays


Repatriation ceremony delayed for Canadian soldier
Repatriation ceremony delayed for Canadian soldier

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

December 22, 2010 — The military plane carrying the latest Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan returned home after facing weather delays in Germany Tuesday.

Crews working to clear runways of snow and ice
Crews working to clear runways of snow and ice

Severe weather continues to wallop parts of Europe. Heavy snow and freezing temperatures have grounded flights for the past several days leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

The latest Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan was among the stranded on Tuesday. The military transport plane carrying Corporal Steve Martin was set to arrive at CFB Trenton in Ontario Tuesday. The plane however, was stopped in Germany due to the bad weather, which delayed Corporal Martin's repatriation ceremony.

Officials have been struggling to keep the runways clear from snow and ice, but were forced to ground planes due to safety concerns.

Things slowly started returning to normal at Frankfurt Airport Wednesday with runways back in use. As a result, the body of the fallen solider was returned home Wednesday.

Corporal Martin was killed on Saturday by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in Kandahar.

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