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Coast Guard completes salvage recovery of downed helicopter

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The U.S. Coast Guard has completed the salvage recovery phase of a fatal helicopter crash that happened near Oahu on September 4.

The Navy was able to recover the downed HH-65 Dolphin's rotor head, gearbox, main drive shaft and other key components.

Coast Guard officials say the recovered parts are crucial in assisting investigation teams in determining the cause of the accident.

Also recovered were the flight suit and some personal effects of pilot Cmdr. Thomas Nelson, who had been missing.

Rescue personnel recovered three of the four crew members aboard the aircraft on the evening of the crash but not Nelson.

"Our thanks go to the Navy for their assistance in the recovery of 6505 and to the community here in Hawaii for the support shown the Coast Guard during this tragic period," said Rear Adm. Manson Brown, the Fourteenth Coast Guard District Commander. 

Salvage experts spent the past week recovering debris from the crash site, in water about 1,600 feet deep and five miles off shore of the Honolulu International Airport.



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