A US Navy helicopter crashed on Tuesday, Aug. 31, during a routine flight from an aircraft carrier in the Sea of Southern California, military officials said. The search and rescue operation was launched after the MH-60S helicopter crashed around 4.30 pm. About 60 nautical miles from San Diego, the Navy’s US Pacific Fleet said on Twitter.
The US Pacific Fleet said in a statement, “An MH-60S helicopter aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) departed approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego at 4.30 p.m. PDT, while performing routine flight operations on Aug. crashed into the sea.” Tweet. “Search and Rescue Operations with Multiple Coast Guard and Navy Air and Surface Assets in progress,” read several tweets.
Currently, one crew member has been rescued and search efforts are on for other crew members, along with several Coast Guard and Navy air and surface assets. According to the Navy, the crash occurred while the aircraft was “conducting routine flight operations”. It was aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. The MH-60S is a versatile aircraft that typically carries a crew of four and is used in missions including war support, humanitarian disaster relief and search and rescue.