Three bodies found after Navy chopper crashes

May 20, 2009 7:27:49 AM PDT
Military authorities say at least three people were killed when a Navy helicopter with five people aboard crashed into the ocean southwest of San Diego. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Navy Lt. Karen Burzinski said rescue crews recovered three bodies Wednesday and continued the search for the other two crew members.

Officials said the SH60 Seahawk helicopter had taken off from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz before it went into the sea during a training exercise late Tuesday.

The crews of Coast Guard and Navy helicopters and of boats from several agencies had joined the search for the missing people.

The crash area was off the northwest Mexican coast, near the Coronado Islands.

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