Two Killed, One Rescued In Crash Of Helicopter
MAYPORT, Fla. (AP) _ Navy divers have recovered the bodies of the pilot and co-pilot of a new anti-submarine helicopter that crashed off the Florida coast during a training mission.
One crewman was rescued shortly after the Sikorsky SH-60B crashed Monday afternoon, just after it took off from the USS Underwood.
Divers found the bodies Tuesday after a 26-hour search in the wreckage of the craft, 57 feet below the surface and about 10 miles offshore, said Navy spokesman Nick Young.
The helicopter, valued at about $14 million, was one of the Navy’s newest and most sophisticated helicopters for anti-submarine warfare and search-and- rescue missions. Young said the USS Hoist, a Navy salvage ship, was dispatched from Little Creek, Va., to recover the wreckage.
The victims were identified as the pilot, Lt. Alan Hammond of Great Mills, Md., and co-pilot Lt. James Guzy of Lexington Park, Md.
All three men aboard the helicopter were based at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Md., but the helicopter was based aboard the Underwood.