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Wreckage of crashed Coast Guard helicopter in Alaska recovered


An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter that crashed during a rescue mission in southeast Alaska last month has been recovered, the U.S. Coast Guard announced on Saturday.

The helicopter, which had gone down on Read Island, about 80 miles east of Sitka on November 13, was recovered on Friday. An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

Following the crash, the four aircrew members were transported to Seattle for treatment and have since been released. The Coast Guard had previously described two of the crew members’ injuries as serious.

“We are grateful our four crewmembers were released from Harborview Medical Center and are on the road to recovery,” said Coast Guard Capt. Brian McLaughlin, who led the recovery efforts. “We are also incredibly thankful to the many people and organizations who helped us recover the aircraft. Getting the helicopter to where our investigators can better examine the wreckage is the next step in the ongoing investigation.”

The crash was reported by the fishing vessel that had been the subject of the helicopter’s search and rescue mission.