Updated: Navy Says All Evacuated From Crash Site In WV

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Navy says everyone aboard a helicopter that was forced to land in a remote area of West Virginia have been evacuated.

Navy spokesman Mike Maus said Friday none of the 17 crew and passengers aboard the MH-60s helicopter suffered life-threatening injuries.

The Navy is withholding the names of all aboard.

The helicopter took off from Fort Pickett in Virginia on Thursday as part of a training exercise involving the Navy and National Guard.

There were 14 Navy and three National Guard members aboard the helicopter when it went down in Pocahontas County about 100 miles south of its destination, Camp Dawson near Kingwood, WV.

The Navy says it is investigating the cause of the crash.

The helicopter is based at the Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

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A Williamstown man is recovering after boarding a Navy helicopter that crashed Thursday in Pocahontas County, W.Va.

Josh Flesher is reported to be one of three West Virginia National Guard members on board the helicopter headed to Camp Dawson near Kingwood W.Va.

Flesher's family contacted administrators at Williamstown High School, where he's an assistant wrestling coach. Principal Pat Peters says Flesher is pretty banged up, but doesn't appear to have any serious injuries.

We'll have more details on Flesher's condition as they become available.


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