According to AP News, Five people were missing after a U.S. Navy helicopter crashed Tuesday in the ocean off Southern California during a routine flight from an aircraft carrier, military officials said.
A search and rescue operation was launched after the MH-60S helicopter crashed around 4:30 p.m. about 60 nautical miles off San Diego, the Navy’s U.S. Pacific Fleet said in an initial statement. Officials later said that one crewmember had been rescued and “search efforts continue for five additional crewmembers.”
The crash happened while the aircraft was “conducting routine flight operations,” according to the Navy.
“Search and rescue operations are ongoing with multiple Coast Guard and Navy air and surface assets,” the tweet said.
No other details were immediately available.
UPDATE 1: Currently, one crewmember has been rescued and search efforts continue for the other crewmembers of an MH-60S helicopter embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) that crashed into the sea off the coast of San Diego, Aug. 31: https://t.co/4O9iDV1jNx (1/2)
— U.S. Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) September 1, 2021