Two members of the FBI’s ultra-elite Hostage Rescue Team (Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw) were killed during a training accident involving a helicopter off the coast of Virginia Beach. The military statement said very little except that it encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”
Crashed into lake shortly after take-off around 10.20pm – after dropping off six passengers at helicopter owner’s home.Â Sole occupant pilot was named in local press as Bill R. Starnes, 64 (see obituary)
There were no injuries among the crewmen aboard and the helicopter suffered no damage as a result of the precautionary landing.Â 8 POB.Â C ode 540 from the press photo (link 2) leads us to believe this was Bu164771
The helicopter came to rest tilted on its left side. One of the main rotor blades was nearly snapped off, and the impact completely sheared off the rear tail rotor, which came to rest a short distance from the main body.Â Had completed 20 minutes flying time since maintenance, and was the pilot’s first flight in 2011
Mid-air collision with Cessna 172 N2876L in which two people died.Â Helicopter landed safely.Â No patient on boad.Â Crew listed as pilot Paul Weve, co-pilot and nurse Joseph Root and flight nurse Carolyn Booke.