1 dead in U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crash in Mobile Bay
The U.S. Coast Guard says one crewmember is dead and three others remain missing following a helicopter crash in Mobile Bay during a training mission.
Spokeswoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Elizabeth Bordelon says an MH-65C helicopter crashed Tuesday evening near Point Clear.
The Coast Guard initially said one person had been rescued but a news release issued early Wednesday said a crewmember was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead.
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The downed helicopter is an MH-65 Dolphin from the Aviation Training Center, located in Mobile. The ATC trains US Coast Guard helicopter pilots for deployment around the country (and the world).
Crashes are extraordinarily rare, despite the green nature of the pilots.
Prayers for the lost and their families.