Salvage barge moves to lift Black Hawk wreckage near Florida

PHOTO: In this Dec. 26, 2013 file photo a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter lands on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry in the Arabian Gulf.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A salvage barge moved off the Florida coast to lift the wreckage of a shattered Black Hawk helicopter from the waters, days after seven Marines and four soldiers were killed when the aircraft crashed in fog during nighttime training.

Air Force spokeswoman Sara Vidoni saysd the operation involved plucking debris from about 25 feet of water. That operation came as a military leader at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, disclosed that those aboard the downed aircraft had tried to abort their mission when they decided it was too risky.

Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman – commander of Marine Corps special operations forces – said the Marines were flying offshore before the crash early Tuesday to practice rappelling down ropes into the water and then making for land.

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