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Navy Pilot From San Diego Area Still Missing After Helicopter Crash (Video)

The Navy has identified the crew member still missing after his helicopter crashed Wednesday morning off the coast of Virginia as Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, 39, of Santee.

A statement from the family released by the Navy reads as follows:

On behalf of the Snyder family:

They wish to express their deepest and sincere gratitude to the many men and women of the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard, and the city of Virginia Beach Fire & Rescue team who have diligently participated in the rescue efforts. We cannot begin to express our appreciation for their time and sacrifice.

At this time, our hearts and prayers are for Sean’s recovery, the other families who have suffered loss, and for the health of the hospitalized sailors.

Lieutenant Sean Snyder is a decorated pilot, a man of honor, dedicated husband, and father, who is proud and grateful for his privilege to serve his country in the United States Navy.

The family has a deep faith and trust in God and from him they have found their hope and peace. The Snyder’s are extremely grateful for the love and support they have received from their friends and their community. They truly appreciate your continued prayers.
According to the Navy, the crash of the MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter also took the lives of pilot Lt. Wesley Van Dorn, 29, of Greensboro, N.C., and Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Brian Collins, 25, of Truckee, Calif.

In 2010, Lt. Snyder took part in humanitarian efforts to aid Pakistan after an earthquake devastated parts of the country. At the top of this post is video of Snyder, courtesy of DVIDS, saying hello to his family from Gazi Air Base Pakistan.