Navy helicopter crashes off San Diego; five crew members missing

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter
An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter takes off from the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln. A similar Navy helicopter operating from the ship crashed off San Diego on Tuesday.
(U.S. Navy)

A U.S. Navy helicopter carrying six crew members crashed into the ocean off San Diego on Tuesday afternoon, the Navy said in a statement. A search for its crew is ongoing.

One sailor was rescued from the water, said Navy Lt. Sam Boyle, a 3rd Fleet spokesman in San Diego. Five are missing, the Navy said late Tuesday evening.

The MH-60S was operating off the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln conducting routine flight operations. The crash occurred about 60 nautical miles from shore, the Navy said.


Search and rescue operations from the air and sea are ongoing, involving multiple Coast Guard and Navy assets, the Navy said.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information is available.


11:02 p.m. Aug. 31, 2021: This story was updated with the number of sailors missing.

8:58 p.m. Aug. 31, 2021: This story was updated with news that one sailor has been rescued.