Remains of Missing Navy Helicopter Pilot Found

January 15, 2014

The Navy says it has recovered the body of a pilot who had been missing since a helicopter crashed last week off the coast of Virginia.

In a news release, the Navy's Fleet Forces Command says divers recovered the body of 39-year-old Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, of Santee, California, on Tuesday, a day after locating the helicopter's cockpit.

Five crew members were aboard the MH-53E Sea Dragon when it crashed Jan. 8 about 18 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The other four were pulled from the water, but two died later at a hospital. The other two have been released from the hospital.

The Navy says the helicopter was taking part in routine mine countermeasure training when it crashed. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

A memorial service will be held for the three victims on Friday at Naval Station Norfolk.


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