Recovery expected to conclude this evening

Recovery operations have been underway since this morning, and responders are focused on collecting human remains and debris from the helicopter along the shoreline and in the debris fields around the accident site, according to a release from Eglin Air Force Base.

“We will continue our recovery efforts as needed to ensure we collect as many human remains as possible,” said Andy Bourland, Eglin AFB’s director of public affairs.

The largest sections of the helicopter have been extracted from the Santa Rosa Sound and and are in the process of being collected on land for transfer to Hurlburt Field for review by the investigation teams.

“We anticipate our emergency recovery actions will conclude sometime late this evening,” Bourland said in the release. “Once these actions are completed, recovery operations will continue and will eventually transition to the Safety Investigation Board, which is already on site.”

That effort is being headed by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center out of Fort Rucker, Ala.

Anyone along the Santa Rosa Sound area who finds debris or witnessed events involving the Army helicopter crash, is asked to call 850-884-9281.

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