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The helicopter was conducting tow training with another aircraft at the time of the incident. The report explains that a fire had ignited in the wall of the crew cabin behind the cockpit. Smoke filled the cockpit and cabin, causing the crew to become disoriented and crash. Both pilots and an aircrewman died in the accident. The navy is taking steps to prevent accidents like this from happening in the future.
The deceased are Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, Lt. J. Wesley Van Dorn, and Petty Officer Brian Andrew Collins.