traces found of U.S. Marines killed in helicopter crash off Hawaii
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[February 03, 2016]
(Reuters) - Trace elements of DNA
have been discovered from U.S. Marines who died when two helicopters
crashed off the coast of Hawaii last month, the Marine Corps said on
Tuesday, although no bodies have been found.
The death toll of 12 Marines ranks the incident among the worst
training mishaps the U.S. military has suffered during the last
The DNA traces were recovered during search and rescue missions that
ended on Jan. 19, and the families of the dead Marines were
informed, the Marine Corps said in a statement.
"None of the 12 Marines that were involved in the January 14 mishap
have been recovered," it added.
The Marines, whose ages ranged from 21 to 41, were aboard two CH-53E
helicopters on a routine training mission off the island of Oahu at
the time of the crash.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated, along with the
possibility that the two craft collided, military officials have
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Recovery and salvage operations can take several months to complete,
the Marine Corps said. Storms hampered the search effort over some
40,000 square nautical miles of ocean, as well as shorelines.
(Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Additional reporting by
Victoria Cavaliere in Los Angeles; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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