Coast Guard: 3 dead after copter crash off Washington

Posted: Thursday, July 08, 2010

SEATTLE - Investigators headed to La Push on the Washington coast to begin looking for the cause of a Coast Guard helicopter crash that took the lives of three crewmen and injured the fourth.

Lonnie Archibald / Peninsula Daily News
Lonnie Archibald / Peninsula Daily News

Coast Guard spokesman Nathan Bradshaw in Seattle says the work will eventually involve recovering the wreckage from the water.

The low-flying copter apparently hit power lines Wednesday and went down a few hundred yards off La Push, which is about 100 miles west of Seattle on the Olympic Peninsula.

The MH-60 Jayhawk was flying from Astoria, Ore., to Sitka, Alaska, where the crew was based.

The survivor is recovering from a broken arm and leg at Seattle hospital.

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