Guard dis­misses charges against crash sur­vivor

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation -

JUNEAU | The U.S. Coast Guard on Tues­day dis­missed neg­li­gent homi­cide and other charges against the sole sur­vivor of a 2010 he­li­copter crash off the Washington coast.

The decision in the case of Lt. Lance Leone was in line with the rec­om­men­da­tions of an in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, who over­saw a three-day mil­i­tary hear­ing in De­cem­ber. Lt. Leone was the co-pi­lot of the MH-60 Jay­hawk he­li­copter fly­ing from As­to­ria, Ore., to the crew’s base in Sitka, Alaska, when it crashed off the Washington coast in July 2010.

He was charged with neg­li­gent homi­cide, dere­lic­tion of duty and destruc­tion of gov­ern­ment prop­erty stem­ming from the crash, which killed pi­lot Sean Krueger and crew­men Brett Banks and Adam C. Hoke.

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