US Navy declares 5 sailors dead after helicopter crash in Pacific | Military News

US Navy declares 5 sailors dead after helicopter crash in Pacific | Military News

Investigation is constant into what triggered MH-60S helicopter to crash into the ocean off the coast of San Diego on Tuesday.

The United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet has declared dead 5 crew members who went lacking after their navy helicopter crashed into the ocean off the coast of San Diego, California, earlier this week.

In a statement on Saturday, the fleet mentioned it had “shifted from search and rescue efforts to recovery operations” after the MH-60S helicopter crashed into the Pacific on August 31.

The transfer comes after greater than 72 hours of rescue efforts involving 34 search-and-rescue flights and no less than 170 hours of flight time involving 5 search helicopters and fixed floor vessel search, the assertion learn.

The helicopter took off from the USS Abraham Lincoln and crashed into the ocean on Tuesday afternoon whereas “conducting routine flight operations approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego”, the fleet mentioned.

“As a matter of respect for the families and in accordance with Navy policy, the identities of the Sailors will be withheld until 24 hours after their next of kin have been notified.”

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The U.S. Navy has declared the 5 lacking crew members of this week’s MH-60S helicopter crash in the Pacific deceased, and shifted from search and rescue efforts to restoration operations immediately. (1/2)

— U.S. Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) September 4, 2021

Also injured on Tuesday had been 5 different sailors who had been on board the USS Abraham Lincoln plane service. They had been in steady situations as of Saturday, mentioned Lieutenant Samuel R Boyle, a spokesman for the Pacific fleet.

An investigation into what triggered the crash is constant, however the truth that sailors on board the service had been injured raised questions on whether or not the helicopter or elements of it hit the Lincoln.

When helicopters take off and land on the ship, there are floor crews current on the service close by and different individuals engaged on deck.

The MH-60S helicopter sometimes carries a crew of about 4 and is used in missions together with fight help, humanitarian catastrophe reduction and search and rescue.

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