Five Navy Sailors Declared Dead After San Diego Helicopter Crash
Five US Navy Sailors have been declared dead following a helicopter accident involving the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The Navy’s Pacific Fleet announced that it regarded the missing personnel as dead following a lengthy search-and-rescue operation on Saturday.
The U.S. Navy has declared the five missing crew members of this week's MH-60S helicopter crash in the Pacific deceased, and shifted from search and rescue efforts to recovery operations today. (1/2)
— U.S. Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) September 4, 2021
“In accordance with Navy policy, the identities of the Sailors are being withheld for 24 hours following the notification of their next of kin,” the US Pacific Fleet announced on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and shipmates.”
Sources familiar with the accident have described an MH-603 helicopter plunging off the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego on Tuesday. Six sailors were also injured, although they’re expected to make a full recovery from their injuries. The missing crew of the aircraft weren’t recovered after an extensive rescue operation involving Coast Guard and Navy assets. No aircraft wreckage has been recovered.
Training accidents have increasingly become a constant source of US military fatalities, especially in the Navy. The Seahawk crash may represent the bloodiest Navy accident since the 2017 USS John S. McCain crash, in which ten sailors were killed.
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