SAN DIEGO -- Two Navy helicopter pilots from North Island Naval Air Station have been grounded over a YouTube video that allegedly shows them dipping the $33 million aircrafts into Lake Tahoe.The air crews could face administrative action and the pilots could lose their flying qualifications. The mission of the MH-60 Romeo is to fly over open ocean for anti-ship/submarine warfare. Though not designed to land on water, these pilots proved the MH-60 can walk on water.
In the video taken Sept. 13, both helicopters hit the water and one seems to spin out of control and crash into the water before its pilot apparently pulls the craft back into the air.A Navy spokesman confirmed that the video was genuine footage of two MH- 60 Romeo helicopters from North Island's Helicopter Maritime Strike 41 squadron, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
UPDATE: NBC News w/Brian Williams reports tonight the pilots were trying to photograph each other's chopper hovering over the water. While not shown, both aircraft pilots misjudged the hover height and hit the water. In short, two Navy pilots were hotdogging in multi-million dollar taxpayer equipment.
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