US Navy helicopter crash: Sailors missing after horror emergency – major rescue operation

FIVE people are missing after a US helicopter crashed off the coast of San Diego.

San Diego: US Navy reveal details of helicopter crash

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Search and rescue operations are underway around 60 miles off the coast of San Diego to rescue five military personnel who were onboard an MH-60S helicopter. The helicopter crashed into the ocean. It is believed the helicopter was “operating on the deck before crashing into the sea”.

One crew member has been rescued following the crash and has been transported ashore and is expected to survive the incident.

Injuries to three of the sailors from the Lincoln were not serious, and they are being treated aboard the ship.

Two others had more severe injuries and were taken ashore for treatment.

The US Third Fleet said in a news release: “The Sailor who was rescued from the aircraft was transported ashore and is in stable condition.

Five missing as helicopter crashes off the coast of San Diego

Five missing as helicopter crashes off the coast of San Diego (Image: @MalikEarnest)

“The aircraft, from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, was operating on deck before crashing into the sea.

“Five additional Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln suffered injuries in the incident and are in stable condition.

“Two of the five Abraham Lincoln Sailors were transported ashore for treatment, while three of the five Abraham Lincoln Sailors had minimal injuries and remain aboard the ship.

“An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway.”

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MH-60S helicopter stock image

MH-60S helicopter stock image (Image: PA)

They added: “One crew member has been rescued and search efforts continue for five additional crewmembers of an MH-60S helicopter embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) that crashed into the sea while conducting routine flight operations approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego at 4.30pm PST, August 31.

“Search and rescue operations are ongoing with multiple Coast Guard and Navy air and surface assets.

“Abraham Lincoln is homeported in San Diego.”

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MH-60S helicopter stock image

MH-60S helicopter stock image (Image: PA)

Military officials said the 64-foot aircraft, which weighs more than seven tonnes when empty, crashed during “routine flight operations”.

The helicopter is assigned to USS Abrahan Lincoln, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier at Naval Air Station North Island, on Coronado.

USS Abraham Lincoln wrote on Facebook: “This afternoon an embarked helicopter crashed into the sea while conducting routine flight operations.

“We are actively conducting search and rescue operations at this time.

“We ask that you please respect the privacy of the families of our shipmates directly affected by this tragedy, and keep all of Lincoln Nation and our embarked shipmates in your thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.”

The MH-60S is an aircraft that typically carries a crew of around four and is used in combat support missions and humanitarian disaster relief and search and rescue.

According to NBC San Diego, an investigation of the incident is underway.

Roy Walsh

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