Remains of missing crewmember from Navy helicopter crash recovered

Posted at 11:17 PM, Jan 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-15 07:25:47-05

Norfolk, Va. - Officials announced on Tuesday night that they have recovered the remains of the missing crewmember who was involved in the Navy helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two others.

Divers searched the wreckage of the MH-53E “Sea Dragon and found the remains of missing pilot, Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder on Tuesday.

Officials say divers from the Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit operating aboard the USNS Grasp found the aircraft's cockpit late Monday using a remotely operated vehicle.

That's when they confirmed that they'd found the remains in the wreckage.

The salvage operations were suspended on Monday because of weather conditions. The Grasp resumed recovery efforts this morning.

A memorial service is planned for the three victims of the crash on Friday at Naval Station Norfolk.

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