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U.S. NAVY HELICOPTER CRASHES IN ANTARCTICA

 U.S. NAVY HELICOPTER CRASHES IN ANTARCTICA
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Two New Zealand civilians


were killed, one U.S. Navy crew member is missing and two other Navy crew members were injured after a Navy UH-1N helicopter on a scientific research mission crashed today just before 1 a.m. EDT off the coast of Ross Island in Antarctica. The cause of the crash is not known but is being investigated by the Navy.
 One of the injured suffered two broken legs while the other suffered from hypothermia, according to a rescue team from the U.S. scientific research base at McMurdo Station.
 The helicopter crashed along the frozen coastline of McMurdo Sound near Cape Royds, approximately 35 miles from the U.S. research base at McMurdo Station.
 The rescue team, also aboard a UH-1N, was dispatched from McMurdo Station after the downed helicopter was overdue in returning the two New Zealand support personnel from Cape Bird. Nearly 1,200 scientists and support personnel are housed at McMurdo Station, the largest of the U.S. research bases participating in the National Science Foundation's U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP).
 The Navy operates the twin-engine helicopters, often called "Hueys," for the USAP to provide logistical support for scientists conducting research in Antarctica. The Navy crew members are part of the Antarctic Development Squadron 6 -- VXE6 -- based in Point Mugu, Calif. In August the squadron was cited for more than 27,000 hours of mishap-free logistical support.
 "We deeply regret the loss of life in the crash," said Walter Massey, director of the National Science Foundation. "Although technology has brought us more closely in touch with the southernmost continent, Antarctica remains a hostile frontier that requires courage from all who work there."
 The 1992-93 research season, which typically runs from October to late February, had just gotten underway.
 The National Science Foundation is an independent agency of the federal government established in 1950 to promote and advance scientific progress in the United States. NSF accomplishes its mission primarily by competitively awarding grants to educational institutions for research and education in the sciences, mathematics and engineering.
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 /NOTE: This and other information is available electronically on STIS, NSF's Science and Technology Information System. For more information about STIS contact the Publications Section at 202-357-7861./
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