Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Navy: Sailor's death suicide on flight line


His Suicide Note Was a Message to the Navy. The Way He Died Was the Exclamation Point

On June 25, 2018, Caserta left notes to several friends and his parents, walked out on the flight line at Naval Station Norfolk and hurled himself into the spinning tail rotor of an MH-60S helicopter."I'm sorry you have to see this," he shouted to the plane captain before he died.

Sailor Died by Suicide at Naval Station Norfolk: Navy
Associated Press
June 26, 2018
Aircraft carriers in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, the world's largest naval station, on Dec. 20, 2012. Stocktrek Images

NORFOLK, Va. — U.S. Navy officials say a sailor who died on a helicopter flight line at a base in Virginia died by suicide.

Cmdr. Dave Hecht, a spokesman for Naval Air Force Atlantic, said by phone Tuesday that Monday's death was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Hecht did not provide additional details.

The sailor worked as a maintainer in a helicopter squadron. Navy officials said Monday that the sailor had been killed in a "mishap" at Naval Station Norfolk. The flight line is where helicopters take off.
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