U.S. Navy officials said five sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln were also injured in an incident involving a helicopter that crashed into the sea on Tuesday.
Search and rescue operations are underway approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego for five crew members who were aboard the MH-60S helicopter that crashed at sea around 4:30 p.m. PST .
A US serviceman was rescued, but five others are still missing after a US Navy helicopter crashed about 60 miles off the coast of San Diego. Search efforts continued overnight and until Wednesday morning. NBC 7’s Audra Stafford shares the details.
A crew member was rescued on Tuesday. This person was taken to shore and is expected to survive the incident.
The injuries to three of the Lincoln’s sailors were not serious and they are being treated on board the ship. Two others suffered more serious injuries and were taken ashore for treatment.
“The plane, of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, was operating on the deck before crashing into the sea,” the US Third Fleet said in a press release shortly after Wednesday. 9:30 am When the helicopters take off and land on the ship, there are ground crews on the aircraft carrier nearby and other people working on the deck, which could explain how the sailors were injured.
Military officials said on Tuesday the 64-foot aircraft, which weighs just over seven tons when empty, crashed during “routine flight operations.” The helicopter is assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier based at Naval Air Station North Island, on Coronado.
The MH-60S is a multi-purpose aircraft that typically carries a crew of around four and is used in missions such as combat support, humanitarian disaster relief, and search and rescue.
An investigation into the incident is underway, according to military officials.
NBC 7 military reporter Bridget Naso has more on the USS Lincoln.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story – Ed.