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Aug-13-2006 15:46printcomments

3 Californians Die in Helicopter Crash Off Astoria

Coast Guard pilots reported the on-scene weather as foggy with overcast skies and low visibility.


Robinson R-44 was similar to this aircraft
Photo courtesy: jetphotos.net

(ASTORIA) - U.S. Coast Guard Group Astoria recovered the bodies of two men and one woman from the waters near Camp Rilea on the north Oregon coast Sunday shortly after 8:00 AM.

Group Astoria received a call from a helicopter pilot stating that he had lost contact with another helicopter due to land in Astoria.

An HH-60 helicopter and a 47-foot motor lifeboat were dispatched to the scene where the wreckage of the Robinson R-44 helicopter and the bodies of its passengers were found.

A second helicopter accompanying the first was flying nearby and was not involved in the crash.

The victims are from southern California.

Identification of the deceased is being withheld pending identification by the Clatsop County Medical Examiner and notification of next of kin.

An investigation is being conducted by the Oregon State Police and Warrenton Police Department under the supervision of the Clatsop County Medical Examiner.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and is conducting its own investigation.

The Coast Guard asks that anybody finding debris from the crash should immediately notify local law enforcement.




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dyerdd May 24, 2009 7:00 pm (Pacific time)

Our deepest condolences to the families of this tragedy. Our son Lt. Adam Dyer, USN was killed in a Navy Seahawk Helicopter January 2007 from North Island (Coronado, CA). After the investigation the Navy reported the cause of the accident was inconclusive! The Navy knows why these helicopters keep going down in training not combat. How many of our loved ones have to die before the Navy grounds these helicopters? It's all about money! If any family member from the May 19, 2009 accident in San Diego, the May 7, 2007 accident in Nevada, or any other family who lost a loved one in a Navy helicopter wants to contact us please visit adamdyer.com. No one should go through this alone.

Editor to the Dyer family: I would sure consider helping you if that is appropriate, at least in getting this out in front of more people.  I looked for email on your site and wasn't able to locate an address, please feel free to write to me at tim@salem-news.com, thanks, Tim King

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