From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jason Skubi '87

Date of birth: July 13, 1965

Date of death: June 22, 1990

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

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From AP News Archive on June 24, 1990:

Searchers have found the bodies of all four victims of last week's Navy helicopter crash off the Virginia coast, a Navy spokesman said. The bodies of Lt. Jane T. Paradeis, 26, of Rice, Minn. and Lt. j.g. Jason K. Skubi, 24, of Sandpoint, Idaho, were found Saturday night, said Lt. Russ Greer, a spokesman for the Atlantic Fleet Naval Air Force. The bodies of Petty Officer 1st Class Norman H. Geisel, 29, of Saint Mary's, Md., and Airman John W. Burkhardt Jr., 21, of Boylston, Mass., were found earlier Saturday, Greer said.

Searchers also found additional pieces of the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, which went down at 12:50 p.m. Friday about 6 1/2 miles off Virginia Beach. The Norfolk-based helicopter was flying from the Norfolk Naval Air Station to USS Detroit, a combat support ship, when it went down within sight of the ship.

The 89-foot-long, twin-engine Sea Knight is used by the Navy to resupply ships at sea. It can carry loads of 6,000 pounds at speeds of 165 mph. The Navy and Marine Corps fleet of 340 Sea Knights was grounded twice in May because of mechanical problems in the helicopter's rear transmission and forward rotor.

The suspect parts were replaced before the helicopters were put back in service. There is no indication the crash was related to those problems, Greer said, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

Class of 1987

Jason is one of 5 members of the Class of 1987 on Virtual Memorial Hall.