Navy crewman killed in helicopter accident at North Island

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CORONADO, Calif. -- One sailor was killed and another injured last week when a fuel tank fell from an HH-60 helicopter at Naval Air Station North Island, the Navy confirmed Tuesday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The incident, first reported by, occurred around 6:30 p.m. on July 30 during what is called a “hot seat” exercise, meaning the engines of the aircraft were left on.

Helicopter Aircrewman 1st Class Jonathan Richard Clement and another unnamed sailor were conducting a post-flight inspection of an HH-60 helicopter when a fuel tank fell off, injuring them both, a Navy spokesman said.

Cmdr. Ron Flanders, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces, said Clement was transported to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. The next day Clement’s family chose to remove life support and he died.

The second sailor was treated and released the same day with minor injuries.

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