Salvage Operations Completed for Air Station Detroit Helicopter

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard concluded the salvage operation to recover a Coast Guard Air Station Detroit HH-65C rescue helicopter in the waters of Lake Huron offshore Port Huron, Mich., April 23, 2010.

All three aviators aboard the helicopter were rescued safely by a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port Huron following the nighttime crash April 20, 2010.

Salvage divers and crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay hoisted the airframe and brought it aboard the ship’s 120-foot barge platform. There was no pollution or evidence of leakage of any of the estimated 140 gallons of aviation-grade fuel that remained aboard the aircraft. After transport to a secure hangar at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Detroit, mishap investigators conducted an assessment of the airframe.

Following the mishap board’s analysis, the helicopter was loaded aboard a tractor trailer and is currently enroute to the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., for further review of the damage to the airframe.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

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