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Five US Navy sailors declared dead four days after their helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean

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Five US Navy sailors have been pronounced dead four days after their helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean 60 miles off the coast of San Diego

  • Five US Navy sailors have been pronounced dead four days after their helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean 60 miles off the coast of San Diego
  • The sailors disappeared on Tuesday during routine flights
  • Only one crew member aboard the crashed MH-60S helicopter was rescued
  • The US 3rd Fleet confirmed the news in a press release on Saturday
  • “In accordance with Navy policy, the identities of the sailors will be withheld for 24 hours after their next of kin have been notified,” the Navy said in a statement.
  • The Navy said the incident is under investigation










Five US Navy sailors have been pronounced dead four days after their helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean 60 miles off the coast of San Diego.

The sailors disappeared on Tuesday while conducting routine flights from the USS Abraham Lincoln, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

Only one crew member who was on board the crashed MH-60S helicopter has been rescued and is now in stable condition.

Five other crew members were injured in the crash, the Navy reports and have been rescued.

Two were returned to California for hospital treatment, the other three were treated on the USS Lincoln.

The US 3rd Fleet confirmed the news in a press release on Saturday.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of five sailors and the injured following the MH-60S helicopter tragedy off the coast of Southern California,” said Naval Operations Chief Admiral Mike Gilday.

“We stand next to their families, loved ones and shipmates who are grieving.”

The sailors were aboard an MH-60S helicopter when they crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday (file photo)

The helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean around 4:30 p.m. local time.

Meanwhile, the identities of the five sailors have yet to be released, with naval officials saying they will withhold their names until tomorrow, according to navy policy.

It is also unclear whether their bodies were recovered on Saturday afternoon.

“Out of respect for the families and in accordance with Navy policy, the identities of the sailors will be kept secret for 24 hours after their next of kin have been notified.”

Earlier Saturday morning, the Navy officially turned from search and rescue efforts to a full recovery mission after a 72-hour period of rescue efforts.

The rescue efforts were a coordinated effort between the Coast Guard and the Navy, according to the Navy

The rescue efforts were a coordinated effort between the Coast Guard and the Navy, according to the Navy

The rescue efforts were a coordinated effort between the Coast Guard and the Navy, according to the Navy.

The helicopter was stationed from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

Used for anti-surface warfare, combat support and humanitarian efforts, the MH-60S was first deployed in 2002.

It has a length of almost 65 feet with a height of 17 feet and a weight of 14,430 pounds when empty, and a maximum of 23,500 pounds gross.

The USS Lincoln, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is one of the largest warships in the world.

The Navy said the incident is under investigation and the cause of the crash is unclear.

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