Navy: 2 crewmen dead in crash of Norfolk-based helicopter in Oman

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Associated Press and 13News

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 20 at 11:02 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  — The Navy now says that two missing crewmembers from a helicopter crash in the Persian Gulf nation of Oman are dead.

According to a news release posted on the Navy's website, the search for the two missing crew members was called off Friday. The names of the crewmembers are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

The incident is still under investigation.

Three of five crewmembers on a Norfolk-based Navy helicopter were rescued after it crashed Thursday.

A search immediately began for the missing two crewmembers aboard the MH-53E Sea Dragon from Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron-15,  "the Blackhawks," which is based at Naval Station Norfolk.

Another MH-53E from that squadron provided search and rescue assistance.

The helicopter went down 58 miles southwest of Muscat, Oman while conducting heavy lift support operations, according to the Navy.  Another MH-53E assigned to HM-15 was providing search and rescue assistance.

Navy offiicals in the 5th Fleet said that no hostile activity was suspected.

 

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