November 29, 1996 in City

Navy Begins Search For Debris From Crash

Compiled From Wire Services

A Navy team will leave San Diego Monday to begin a high-tech search for debris from last week’s crash of a Portland-based Air Force Reserve cargo plane.

Ten of the 11 reservists on board died when the Hercules HC-130P crashed Friday night.

The lone survivor, Tech. Sgt. Robert Vogel of Albany, was brought back to Portland on Wednesday. Vogel, a radioman, is recuperating from a broken hip and ankle.

Only two of the 10 bodies have been recovered.

A privately owned deep submergence support vessel, the Laney Chouest, will leave the North Island Naval Air Station Monday. The 260-foot ship will have a civilian crew of 11 and a Navy team of about 20.

The Naval crew members will operate two devices designed to survey and search the ocean floor in deep water.

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