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Co-Pilot Presumed Dead; Three Injured in Navy Crash

August 11, 1988

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A Navy flier was missing at sea and presumed dead today after a helicopter crashed off the coast, injuring three crewmembers, authorities said.

The SH-2F Seasprite anti-submarine helicopter, assigned to North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego, crashed during a training flight Wednesday approximately 35 miles south of San Clemente Island, the Navy said.

The cause of the accident was unknown and would be investigated, the Navy said. The copter is manufactured by Kaman Corp. of Bloomfield, Conn.

Lt. j.g. Walter S. Hogan, 27, of Tucson, Ariz., was missing and presumed dead, said Ken Mitchell, a base spokesman. A search continued until dusk Wednesday.

The pilot, Naval Reserve Lt. Mark S. Eoff, 33, of San Diego, was listed in critical condition at Balboa Naval Hospital with unspecified injuries.

The two enlisted crew members, Petty Officer 3rd Class John C. Santana, 22, of New York, and Airman Steven P. Zelasco, 21, of Virginia, Minn., were listed as stable.

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