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Navy Helicopter Crashes in Nevada

American Forces Press Service

AUSTIN, Nev., May 8, 2007 – All five crew members of a Navy SH-60F Seahawk helicopter died yesterday in a crash about 10 miles west of here.

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Navy file photo of an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 7 taking off from the flight deck of USS Harry S. Truman in 2005. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jay C. Pugh, USN

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Officials are investigating the cause of the accident. Press reports indicate the helicopter may have hit power lines in the area.

Military aircraft initially located the crash site at 9:40 p.m. 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 p.m.

The helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 7 based in Jacksonville, Fla., was conducting a routine training mission from NAS Fallon. The squadron, part of Carrier Air Wing 3, which deploys on USS Harry S. Truman, began a month-long training detachment at NAS Fallon on April 30.

The names of the aircrew are being withheld pending notification of their next of kin.

(From Naval Air Station Fallon Public Affairs.)

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