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Work to recover crashed helicopter from sea to begin


The National Airborne Service Corps says that work to recover one of its Black Hawk helicopters from beneath the sea is set to begin after Sunday.


The helicopter crashed February 5 near Orchid Island, off Taiwan’s east coast. It was transporting a medical patient at the time. All six people on board were killed.


A company contracted to recover the wreck sent a team out from Kaohsiung Harbor on Wednesday. The team may reach Orchid Island on Thursday.


The helicopter is known to be 850 meters below the surface of the ocean, but recovery work will only begin once a precise location has been determined. The recovery operation will begin sometime after Sunday, with work expected to continue for 15 days.