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REPORT: Navy helicopter crashes off San Diego coast

A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego, California, Tuesday, during a routine flight.

The Navy’s U.S. Pacific Fleet reported on Twitter that an MH-60S helicopter had crashed around 4:30 p.m., about 60 nautical miles off the coast of Southern California. It had been carrying out “routine flight operations” aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, just before the crash.

One crew member has been rescued, according to an update at 11:00 p.m. local time but debris from the helicopter has been located in the ocean, and five crew members are still missing. Navy and Coast Guard teams have searched around 600 square miles thus far (Fox News).

The MH60S chopper can carry a crew of four. According to the US Pacific Fleet, “Search and rescue operations are ongoing with multiple Coast Guard and Navy air and surface assets” (Epoch Times).

ARTICLE: TAMMY FISHBACK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: KTLA.COM

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