5 missing after Navy helicopter crashes off California

PACIFIC OCEAN (May 4, 2018) MH-60S Seahawk Helicopter, assigned to the "Chargers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14, flies over the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Rosencrans/Released)

Andrew Dyer

The San Diego Union-Tribune

A U.S. Navy helicopter carrying six crew members on board crashed into the ocean off the coast of San Diego Tuesday afternoon, the Navy said in a statement. A search for its crew is ongoing.

One sailor was rescued from the water, said Navy Lt. Sam Boyle, a 3rd Fleet spokesman in San Diego. Five are missing, the Navy said late Tuesday evening.

The MH-60S was operating of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln conducting routine flight operations. The crash occurred about 60 nautical miles from shore, the Navy said.

Search and rescue operations from the air and sea are ongoing involving multiple Coast Guard and Navy assets, the Navy said.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information is available.


11:02 p.m. Aug. 31, 2021: This story was updated with the number of sailors missing.

8:58 p.m. Aug. 31, 2021: This story was updated with news that one sailor has been rescued.

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