Friday, January 10, 2014
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Navy says the helicopter crash off the coast of Virginia killed one sailor from Northern California and left a pilot from Southern California missing.
The Navy said in a statement that the search for the pilot, the only person missing among the five crew members, was called off Thursday after the Coast Guard searched a 500-square-mile area by air and sea for 30 hours after the Wednesday crash.
Naval officials say the pilot, Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, is a 39-year-old from Santee northeast of San Diego.
The Navy announced earlier Thursday that one of the two men killed was 25-year-old Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Collins of Truckee near Lake Tahoe.
The other two crew members survived the crash. Their names and hometowns haven't been released.