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Navy: Divers recover body of missing pilot

Jan. 15, 2014 - 08:40PM   |  
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, Calif., on Tuesday, a day after locating the cockpit of a helicopter that crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., on Jan. 8.
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, Calif., on Tuesday, a day after locating the cockpit of a helicopter that crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., on Jan. 8. (AP)
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NORFOLK, VA. — 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, Calif., on Tuesday, a day after locating the helicopter’s cockpit.

Five crewmembers 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.

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