Marine from Warren among chopper crash victims

13 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hope of Finding Survivors in Army Helicopter Crash Fades.

(Reuters) – Search teams stopped looking for more bodies after finding the wreckage of an Army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed during a nighttime training mission off Florida’s Gulf Coast, killing all seven Marines and four soldiers on board, authorities said on Thursday. The Louisiana National Guard also announced that two of the four soldiers’ bodies had been recovered as part of the search operation in the Santa Rosa Sound, about 25 miles east of Pensacola, and that the search for the other two would continue.The helicopter was also recovered. The four soldiers, the aircrew, were members of the National Guard’s 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion out of Hammond, La. “At this point, we are not hopeful for survivors and we’re transitioning our search and rescue to a recovery effort,” said Col. Monte Cannon, 96th Test Wing vice commander at nearby Eglin Air Force Base, in a statement Thursday. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family members and the units where our soldiers and Marines call home.” The investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing, and the Army and the Marines have not released the names of the victims.

They were conducting training involving “helicopter and boat insertion and extraction,” with an experienced Army air crew providing the helicopter support, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

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