US Navy Declares Five Sailors Dead After Helicopter Crash in Pacific
16:26 GMT 04.09.2021 (Updated: 20:03 GMT 19.10.2022)
© AFP 2023 / MC3 DARION CHANELLE TRIPLETTThis handout picture released by the US Navy on May 19, 2019 shows a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the "Nightdippers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5 transporting cargo from the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a replenishment-at-sea.
© AFP 2023 / MC3 DARION CHANELLE TRIPLETT
An MH-60S helicopter crashed into the sea off the coast of San Diego, California, while conducting "routine flight operations", the US Pacific Fleet said on Tuesday.
The US Navy has declared five sailors dead after a helicopter crash in the Pacific on Tuesday and is shifting to recovery operations.
According to a statement from the Navy's Pacific Fleet, the change in operation comes after more than 72 hours of rescue efforts and dozens of search and rescue flights.
As is always the case, the names of the dead will not be disclosed until their next of kin are notified.
An MH-60S helicopter crashed into the sea off the coast of San Diego, California, while conducting "routine flight operations" on Tuesday.
Five other sailors were injured among those who were on board the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier where the helicopter was operating on the deck before the crash.
An investigation into what caused the crash is underway.