Rescuers find three bodies from Navy helicopter crash

By Calvin Palmer

Rescue teams today recovered the bodies of three crew members from the Navy helicopter that crashed in the Pacific Ocean southwest of San Diego last night.

The search for the other two crew members is continuing, said Lt Karen Burzynski, spokeswoman for the Navy’s 3rd Fleet in San Diego.

The HH-60 Seahawk helicopter, from Carrier Air Wing 11, had taken off from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz as part of a training exercise before it went into the sea at 11:36 p.m.

Helicopters and ships searched an area near the Coronado Islands off the northwest coast of Mexico for survivors.

No information has been give as to a possible cause for the crash.

The helicopter was part of an anti-submarine squadron from Carrier Air Wing 11. The Nimitz and a half-dozen other ships in its strike group were taking part in the search and rescue training exercises.

The names of the crew members have not been released.

[Based on a report by the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times.]

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