A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that provided security for the Olympics in Vancouver crashed Wednesday morning in the Utah mountains.
Officials said two crew members reportedly suffered serious injuries, one had minor injuries and two others on board were not hurt.
Summit County sheriff’s office Det. Ron Bridge said it’s still unclear where in the Uinta Mountains the crash happened. Crews, including some on snowmobiles, are searching the mountains.
The crew was en route to its home base in Elizabeth City, N.C., according to Dan Dewell, a spokesman for the Coast Guard’s 11th District in Alameda, Calif.
The helicopter made a refueling stop in Salt Lake City and was en route to Leadville, Colo., when it crashed. The co-pilot used a cell phone to report the crash to another Coast Guard helicopter that it was flying with, Dewell said. Contact with the co-pilot has since been lost, Dewell said.
Dewell said Coast Guard officials didn’t have any information about why the helicopter may have gone down.
Search crews are trying to locate the helicopter visually and with the aid of emergency beacons that have been set off by the crew.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus says investigators are on hand to help.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that provided security for the Olympics in Vancouver crashed Wednesday…
by Tactical-Life.com / Mar 3, 2010