A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on Tuesday, August 31, 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 on Twitter.
"An MH-60S helicopter embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) crashed into the sea while conducting routine flight operations approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego at 4.30 p.m. PDT, Aug 31," the US Pacific Fleet said in a tweet. “Search and rescue operations are ongoing with multiple Coast Guard and Navy air and surface assets,” the multiple tweet reads.
Currently, one crew member has been rescued and while for the other crew members, the search efforts continue with multiple Coast Guard and Navy air and surface assets. The crash happened while the aircraft was “conducting routine flight operations,” according to the Navy. It had been 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 combat support, humanitarian disaster relief and search and rescue.