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Helicopters on Tahoe - courtesy of Army Times

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By Gidget Fuentes, Navy Times

TAHOE, CA -- The Navy grounded two MH-60R aircrews with a Coronado, Calif., squadron after their helicopters sustained damage when they dipped into Lake Tahoe Sept. 13, Naval Air Forces said Friday.

An aviation mishap board is looking into the incident, which happened when the crews with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41 "were on a return leg of a cross country training flight," said Lt. Aaron Kakiel, an AirFor spokesman at North Island Naval Air Station.

The crews had participated in an air show at Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif., which held the California Capital Air Show on Sept. 11-12.

The newer helicopters sustained damage, ranging from $50,000 to $500,000, in the Class "C" mishap "when they attempted to enter into a hover. When they did, they ended up settling with power," Kakiel said.

Both aircraft were able to regain their airspeed and altitude and landed at nearby Lake Tahoe airport. The HSM-41crews inspected the damage and reported it to the squadron, which sent replacement crews to repair and fly the helicopters home.

"All of the people who were involved in the aircraft mishap are temporarily grounded," he said.

Kakiel said the mishap board is looking into details of the flight and incident, and it will make any recommendations for administrative action or punishment to the Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing based at North Island.

Navy Times

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