Four Navy crew rescued after helicopter crash near Nevada border


MT. HOGUE, Calif. (KTXL) – Four Navy crew members were rescued on Saturday afternoon after their helicopter crashed Friday night.

U.S. Navy officials said an MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter crashed near Mt. Hogue around 5 p.m. Friday.

The helicopter crew – a pilot, co-pilot and two crew members – were helping Mono County search and rescue units locate a lost hiker in the forest near Boundary Peak.

The helicopter crashed into a mountain about 11,700 feet above sea level and the four crew members were uninjured and were able to stay in contact with Naval Air Station Fallon in the Nevada approximately 120 miles north of the accident.

Despite Navy rescue efforts on Friday night, officials said the four survivors of the crash could not be recovered and were given an overnight kit and spent the night on the Mountain.

Another rescue attempt on Saturday morning by another MH-60, but officials said survivors still could not be rescued.

Navy officials named a CH-47 Chinook from Mather Air Force Base for its “superior high-altitude performance characteristics.”

The twin-engine heavy lift helicopter dropped a search and rescue team on the ground in the area and encountered the survivors.

Following refueling of the CH-47 at Mammoth Lakes, the helicopter was able to recover both the ground rescue team and the survivors of the helicopter crash.

The cause of the accident is not yet known, but Navy officials are investigating.

This story is developing.

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