San Diego crash: Six missing after US helicopter slams into ocean – Rescue underway

An MH-60S helicopter has crashed while conducting routine flight operations off the coast of San Diego.

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The helicopter crashed 60 nautical miles off the coast at approximately 4.30pm. Search and rescue operations are currently underway.

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US Navy MH-60S helicopter (Image: Getty)

The rescue operations include multiple Coast Guard and Navy air and surface assets.

MarineTraffic, a worldwide ship tracking service, has identified the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast towards Mexico with a United States Coast Guard Cutter and additional US Navy warships assisting in the search throughout the region.

Hunter Sowards, a reporter at KUSI television station in San Diego, gave an update on the situation, reporting on Twitter that “at least one service member has been rescued” following the crash.

Carlo Cecchetto reporter at KFMB-TV tweeted: “Breaking update on helo crash off San Diego coast.

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U.S. Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk Helicopter (Image: PA)

“Coast Guard spokesman says one has been rescued and 6 are still unaccounted for. Chopper was off the USS Lincoln.”

U.S. Navy Third Fleet spokesperson Lt. Sam Boyle confirmed one crew member had been rescued as of 9 p.m.

The condition of the crew member who has been rescued is unknown.

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