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    Default Marine Helicopter and Coast Guard C-130 collide over the ocean at night

    Coast Guard air crew based in Sacramento area missing in crash

    Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009

    Thursday afternoon, Coast Guard plane 1705 took off with seven crew members for a routine mission: help find a boater who got into trouble trying to return to Catalina Island in a 14-foot dinghy.

    The C-130 Hercules plane, a workhorse considered one of the military's safest aircraft, left McClellan around 3 p.m.

    Four hours later, with the plane flying through dark skies 900 to 1,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean off the San Diego coast, disaster struck.

    The aircraft collided with a Marine Corps helicopter on a training mission out of Camp Pendleton with three other choppers off San Clemente Island.

    A passing pilot reported a fireball, and suddenly nine people seven in the Sacramento-based plane and two in the AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter were in the water.

    Despite a massive air and sea search that began shortly after the crash, no survivors or bodies had been found as of late Friday.

    "Several Navy and Coast Guard aircraft, along with a Customs and Border Protection helicopter, are flying sorties in the area while multiple cutters, including the Blackfin, Blacktip, Edisto, Petrel, George Cobb and Jarvis, are conducting surface searches."

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    Wow that sucks, prayers go out to the familys.

    How does this happen with all the radar and stuff those machines are equipt with?
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