Crews recover flight recorder from helicopter wreckage

Crews recover flight recorder from helicopter wreckage

PENSACOLA, FL (WAFB) - The flight data recorder from the wreckage of the crashed U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter has been recovered and sent to the Safety Board Investigation team in Fort Rucker, AL.

Salvage crews recovered the wreckage from the bottom of the Santa Rosa Sound on Friday, March 13.

The helicopter went down in thick fog around 8:30 p.m. on March 10 during a routine training mission at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle. There were 4 Soldiers and 7 Marines on board.

The eleven servicemen who were on the helicopter when it crashed are presumed dead. Their names have been released.

The Resolve Marine Group from Mobile, Ala. helped with the recovery along with a Army and Coast Guard dive team. The crews used sonar to help locate the wreckage before dredging it up onto a salvage barge.

After the helicopter wreckage was removed from the water, the recovery operations were turned over to the team investigating the crash.

The military was not releasing any details about the cause of the crash as the investigation is ongoing.

A team from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center out of Fort Rucker, Ala. was sent to Florida on March 11. That team is leading the joint investigation with other services including the Army National Guard, the Navy and Marines.

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