Helicopter crash salvage mission

The Marines were flying offshore before the crash early Tuesday

Military Helicopter Crash
A Coast Guard crew searches Santa Rosa Sound near Navarre, Fla., Thursday, March 12, 2015, as part of ongoing recovery efforts for an Army Black Hawk helicopter that went down Tuesday evening, killing all 11 service members aboard. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Devon Ravine)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A salvage barge has moved off the Florida coast to lift the wreckage of a shattered Black Hawk helicopter from the water, days after seven Marines and four soldiers were killed when the aircraft crashed in fog.

Air Force spokeswoman Sara Vidoni says the operation involved plucking debris from about 25 feet of water. That operation came as a military leader at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, disclosed that those aboard the downed aircraft had tried to abort their mission when they decided it was too risky.

Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman — commander of Marine Corps special operations forces — said the Marines were flying offshore before the crash early Tuesday to practice rappelling down ropes into the water at night and then making for land.

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