Slideshow: Downed Navy copter lifted out of W.Va. mountains

Slideshow: Downed Navy copter lifted out of W.Va. mountains

Credit: Spc. John Higgins, US Army

The Norfolk-based helicopter crashed Feb. 18 on the side of a mountain in West Virginia.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 26, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 26 at 3:01 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Norfolk-based Navy helicopter that crashed in an isolated area of West Virginia has been recovered and is being sent back to Naval Station Norfolk.

Crews from the Maryland Army National Guard worked with the Navy on Wednesday to lift the damaged MH-60S out of the crash site in Pocahontas County.

Maryland Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Charles Kohler says Maryland was called in because it operates a fleet of heavy-lifting Chinook helicopters.

The wreckage was loaded onto a flat bed truck and returned to Norfolk.

The Navy helicopter from HSC-26 crashed on February 18 while traveling from Fort Pickett in Virginia to Camp Dawson near Kingwood.

Several of the 14 Navy and three National Guard members on the helicopter were injured in the crash.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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