Tue, May 08, 2007
Helo Struck Power Line In Desert
US Navy officials confirm an SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter struck a
power line during a training flight Monday night, and crashed in a
remote area of northern Nevada. All five crewmembers onboard were
The helo -- assigned to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 7,
based in Jacksonville, FL but flying out of Naval Air Station
Fallon outside Reno -- went down in rugged desert terrain, about 10
miles west of Austin.
"The helicopter was on a combat search and rescue exercise,"
base spokesman Zip Upham told The Associated Press. The Sea Hawk's
crew was on a monthlong training mission at Fallon, which is the
home of the Navy's Strike and Air Warfare Center.
Military aircraft initially located the crash site at 9:40 pm
local time, 15 minutes after the helicopter crashed. A Navy UH-1N
Huey search-and-rescue helicopter dispatched from Naval Air Station
Fallon arrived at the scene at about 10:15 pm.
Identities of the crew members have been withheld, pending the
notification of their relatives.
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