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US Searches for Crashed Black Hawk Helicopter in Mediterranean

The US Navy has deployed a multi-purpose assist ship to seek for a US Military MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter that crashed within the Mediterranean Sea.

The plane carried 5 servicemen from the US Military Particular Operations when the incident occurred on November 10. The staff was conducting routine flight coaching within the area.

By November 13, the troopers misplaced had been recognized by the US Division of Protection.

No indicators of enemy or hostile actions associated to the accident had been discovered, the company mentioned.

Search From Sicily

For the retrieval operation, the US Navy contracted an NG Employee restoration vessel carrying a Supervisor of Salvage and Diving staff from Augusta Bay, Sicily, to the crash web site.

NG Employee is a 288-foot (87.7-meter) offshore provide vessel with superior underwater positioning and survey applied sciences.

Upon arrival, the group will launch a shallow water intermediate search system or SWISS alongside a towed pinger locator to seek for the helicopter.

SWISS is a side-scan sonar, whereas the locator identifies the approximate space of downed navy or industrial plane.

Extra sensors will probably be leveraged to successfully “pay attention” for the pinger frequency built-in into the craft.

After the MH-60 is discovered, the navy will make use of a Deep Drone remote-operated submersible car to help within the lifting section. Deep Drone is a 4,100-pound (1,860-kilogram) system developed to handle gaps in mid-water salvage necessities to a most depth of 8,000 toes (2.4 kilometers/1.5 miles).

Troopers put together to load Deep Drone 8000 onto a C-17 Globemaster III. Photograph: SSgt Christopher J. Matthews/US Air Power

Replace on Japan Osprey Crash

In the meantime, US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin launched a press release relating to a separate crash in November off Yakushima Island in Japan.

The accident concerned a US Air Power CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor plane carrying eight personnel in transit between the Iwakuni US base and the Kadena base in Okinawa.

The CV-22 was commissioned on the US Yokota air base in Tokyo.

“The whole Division of Protection mourns alongside the households and the family members of those that misplaced their lives at present within the service of their nation,” Austin mentioned.

“We proceed to assemble info on this tragic incident, and we are going to conduct a rigorous and thorough investigation.”

“America is grateful to Japan’s Coast Guard, Self-Protection forces, and native communities – together with fishermen – for his or her search and rescue efforts.”

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CMV-22B Osprey plane lands on the USS New York. Photograph: 2nd Class Lyle Wilkie/US Navy