July 8, 2010 in Region

Coast Guard IDs crew of Washington copter crash

Associated Press
 

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard has identified the four crewmen of the helicopter that crashed Wednesday off the Washington coast, killing three.

The survivor is 29-year-old Lt. Lance D. Leone of Ventura, Calif. He’s recovering from a broken arm and leg at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The dead identified Thursday are 33-year-old Lt. Sean D. Krueger of Seymour, Conn.; 40-year-old Adam C. Hoke of Great Falls, Mont.; and 33-year-old Brett M. Banks of Rock Springs, Wyo.

Krueger was the commander. He leaves a wife and three children. Hoke was single with one child. Banks was married with two children.

Coast Guard investigators are determining why the MH-60 Jayhawk went down in the water near La Push, about 100 miles west of Seattle on the Olympic Peninsula.

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