Body of missing Navy helicopter pilot recovered - – Rockford’s News Leader

Body of missing Navy helicopter pilot recovered


Divers have recovered the body of a the pilot of a Navy helicopter that went down off the coast of Virginia last week.

Thirty-nine-year-old Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder of Santee, California, had been missing since the January 8 crash. His body was pulled out of the water by divers on Tuesday, a day after they found the helicopter's cockpit.

The MH-53E Sea Dragon piloted by Snyder was carrying a total of five Navy personnel when it crashed about 18 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. Two other passengers were killed and the remaining two have since been released from the hospital.

The Navy says the crew was performing routine mine countermeasure training when the helicopter went down.

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