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Clinton man killed in Naval training crash
A Massachusetts man was among five crew members killed when their helicopter crashed into a power line during a nighttime training mission in the northern Nevada desert this week, the Navy announced today.
Andrew Robert Bibbo, 22, of Clinton, who held the rank of petty officer, was killed in the accident as the helicopter flew at low altitude.
Bibbo was assigned to the US Navy's HS-7 "Dusty Dogs," based out of the Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida. The group arrived in Nevada last week as part of a monthlong training exercise at Fallon Naval Air Station. The group, part of Carrier Air Wing Three, was preparing for deployment on the USS Harry S. Truman.
The other airmen killed in the SH-60F helicopter crash were Michael D. Sheahan, 40, of Augusta, Ga., the group's commanding officer; Lieutenant Richard Francis Andersen, Jr., 27, of Virginia Beach, Va., William Weatherford, 30 of Wichita, Kan., and Jared John Rossetto, 24, of Corralitos, Calif.
Calls to Bibbo's family in Clinton were not returned. The Navy said he had served in the Navy for three years.
The SH-60F Seahawk helicopter he was flying in crashed Monday at 12:25 a.m. about 10 miles west of Austin, Nev., Navy officials said. A spokesman at Fallon Naval Air Station in Nevada said the helicopter struck high-voltage transmission lines before crashing into remote, unpopulated terrain.