New Details in Death of Hugo Sailor


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Military officials say a Corpus
Christi Navy mechanic was at fault when the Hugo, Oklahoma native fell to his death from a helicopter in the Central Arabian Gulf.

The Navy says Petty Officer Second Class Brian K. Joplin was
conducting an unauthorized act when the October 4th accident
happened.

Navy spokesman Lieutenant Herb Josey says Joplin placed his body
partially outside the M-H-53 helicopter while on a routine training flight. He lost consciousness, slipped out of his harness and fell 125 feet.

The helicopter was traveling through Bahrain to Kuwait when the
accident occurred.

Officials say the Navy is reviewing its training standards to prevent such accidents.

Joplin -- a native of Hugo, Oklahoma -- was deployed from Naval
Air Station Corpus Christi in June.


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