AA / Istanbul
The US Navy announced on Wednesday that one of its helicopters had crashed off the coast of San Diego, in southern California, and that five people on board are missing.
A statement issued by the Naval Third Fleet said the MH-60S helicopter, which was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, crashed at sea while performing routine operations at around 60 nautical miles (approximately 111 km) off the coast of San Diego.
He added that the incident occurred on Tuesday evening at 4:30 p.m. PST (11:30 p.m. GMT).
The US Navy spokesman said: “Initial reports indicate that a crew member has been rescued and 5 others are missing,” ABC News reported.
He stressed that search efforts are continuing by sea and air to find the missing crew members, without providing further details on the condition of the person rescued, nor revealing the causes of the accident.
The helicopter crash came just 12 days after the assignment of command of the aircraft carrier “Abraham Lincoln” to Captain Amy Bauernschmidt, the first woman to command a US Navy aircraft carrier.
* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour.
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