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New charge leveled at Coast Guard officer

Posted: December 9, 2011 - 12:00pm

An additional charge has been levied against the copilot and sole survivor of a fatal U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crash that killed three other crewmen. The helicopter hit power lines while traveling at low altitude in July of 2010.
The investigating officer of the military hearing, Capt. Andrew Norris, informed Lt. Lance Leone during the third day of the hearing Friday that he will be investigated for dereliction of duty for failure of crew risk management during the flight that crashed off the Washington coast en route to Sitka.
Norris, who is acting as the judge advocate in the hearing that will determine if Leone should face a court-martial hearing or if the charges will be dropped, said he made his own determination that another charge should be levied, and that the counsel for the government did not request for another charge to be leveled against  Leone.
Leone is already facing charges of negligent homicide, dereliction of duty for failure to navigate the helicopter to avoid charted hazards and destruction of the $18.3 million helicopter.
This is a developing story, check back for more updates throughout the day.

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