SAN DIEGO – The Navy is conducting a deep sea search for the remains of five sailors and the wreckage of a Navy helicopter that struck the deck of an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego on the 31st August and plunged into the Pacific Ocean.
The Navy launched the search on Wednesday, bringing in sailors from its command specializing in submarine search and rescue. They will use the Dominator ship, which uses a sonar scanner. The ship is generally used for submarine recovery missions.
The helicopter is believed to be between 4,000 (1,200 meters) and 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) below the ocean’s surface, delaying recovery efforts until the Navy can provide specialized equipment. able to search for deep water so far from shore.
The Dominator was used in 2020 to recover the remains of seven Marines and a sailor after their amphibious assault vehicle sank off San Clemente Island off San Diego.
The Navy Sea Hawk was attempting to land aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln when “lateral vibrations” caused the aircraft’s rotor to collide with the carrier’s flight deck, causing the aircraft to crash and fall. helicopter in the sea, according to the Navy Safety Center.
A crew member was rescued immediately after the crash, according to the U.S. 3rd Fleet based in San Diego.