Rescue Efforts Continuing in Navy Helicopter Crash
By SOF Editor on Fri, 02/19/2010 - 1:57pm
Rescue and recovery efforts are still ongoing following the Feb. 18 crash of a U.S. Navy MH-60S "Knighthawk" helicopter in a remote area of West Virginia, with the majority of the personnel safely extracted from the crash site.
There are injuries reported to the 17 crew and passengers aboard, but none of the injuries are life threatening.
There are no fatalities. The names of the injured are not being released at this time.
The helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron 26 from Naval Station Norfolk. It was participating in "Operation Southbound Trooper X" at Ft. Pickett, Va., when the crash happened.
Operation Southern Trooper is an annual exercise focusing on the integration of joint U.S. and NATO tactics and procedures as well as inter-service coordination and capabilities.
A West Virginia Army National Guard search and rescue crew flying HH-60 "Blackhawk" helicopters and a C-130 located the downed aircraft on the evening of Feb. 18 in a rugged, snow-covered area near Lewisburg, W.Va. Medical personnel were lowered to the site to provide assistance for the injured. Other rescue personnel are enroute to the area with additional equipment and supplies.
Those aboard the helicopter included Navy, Marine and National Guard personnel.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.