Croatian Navy ships assist in the search for the missing pilot and the wreckage of the helicopter (Photo: HRT) Croatian Navy ships assist in the search for the missing pilot and the wreckage of the helicopter (Photo: HRT)

Divers found the body and the wreckage of the helicopter at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The body of Marin Klarin, the senior pilot aboard the aircraft, was found on Monday. A major search effort had been underway to find the missing pilot. The cause of the crash has not been determined. Both pilots were experienced in flying the American-made aircraft.

Defense Minister Damir Krstičević has formed a commission to investigate the crash. It will be headed by the Air Force’s chief investigator. All of Croatia’s Kiowa Warrior helicopters have been grounded pending the outcome of the probe.

Air Force Commander Brig. Gen. Michael Križanec said the helicopter inexplicably crashed into the sea, while another helicopter that had been flying with it in tandem, remained at the location of the crash and called for assistance. The pair of helicopters had started their exercise in the airspace over Zablać and Zlarin on Monday at 10:30 a.m. The crash occurred at 11:00.