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General: Navy chopper raised from sea bed

Posted on 26.02.2007 - 10:00 EST in GENERAL NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

A team of Navy deep-sea divers using an unmanned underwater vehicle has recovered the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed during a training exercise off the California coast last month, killing its four-man crew.

The chopper, which sank 3,600 feet in waters about 50 miles offshore, was raised Wednesday using a remote-controlled robot, Navy spokesman Landon Hutchens said. The bodies of three crew members were brought to the surface last week; the fourth died after being pulled alive from the water after the Jan. 28 crash.

The MH-60S helicopter, based at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, was on a training mission off the USS Bonhomme Richard when it went down.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation, Hutchens said. The helicopter wreckage was placed on board the USNS Sioux, which will transport it to North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego.

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