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Remains of Two Recovered From Navy Helicopter Crash

October 30, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The remains of two Navy servicemen have been found following the crash last week of their helicopter in the Persian Gulf. One man is still missing, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

The remains of Lt. Robert Scott Wood Jr. of Marion Mass., and Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Mark Voight of Waverly, Ga., have been recovered. Missing is Lt. Cdr. Jeffrey Allen Hilliard of Orange Park, Fla., the Pentagon said.

Their HH-60H helicopter with 12 people aboard crashed Friday in the northern part of the Gulf near Kuwait. Nine people were rescued. The chopper was returning to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise after completing a training exercise when it crashed.

Diving operations in the Gulf, undertaken as part of the search for the missing man, were suspended Tuesday due to heavy weather, the officials said. They were expected to resume once conditions permitted.

The helicopter was part of Carrier Air Wing 17, which arrived in the Gulf with the Enterprise on Sept. 9 to take part in Operation Southern Watch.

The operation is designed to enforce a no-fly zone over southern Iraq that was set up by the United States and its allies to protect the area’s Shiite Muslims from Saddam Hussein’s army.

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