U.S. Navy helicopter crashes off the coast of San Diego

31 August 2021
Search and rescue operations are ongoing with multiple Coast Guard and Navy air and surface assets.

SAN DIEGO - 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.

UPDATE (8 a.m. PDT, Sept. 3): Search and rescue efforts are ongoing for the five crew members of the MH-60S helicopter that crashed into the sea on Tuesday afternoon. USS Abraham Lincoln remains at sea as part of the search efforts.

UPDATE (6 p.m. PDT, Sept. 2): Search and rescue efforts are ongoing for the five MH-60S helicopter crew members.

UPDATE (9:30 a.m. PDT, Sept. 2): Search and rescue efforts continue for the five MH-60S helicopter crew members.

UPDATE (5 p.m. PDT, Sept. 1): Search and rescue efforts continue for the five missing crew members of the MH-60S helicopter.

UPDATE (10 a.m. PDT, Sept. 1): Search efforts continue for five missing MH-60s helicopter crew members. The Sailor who was rescued from the aircraft was transported ashore and is in stable condition. The aircraft, from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, was operating on deck before crashing into the sea. Five additional Sailors aboard Abraham Lincoln suffered injuries in the incident and are in stable condition. Two of the five Abraham Lincoln Sailors were transported ashore for treatment, while three of the five Abraham Lincoln Sailors had minimal injuries and remain aboard the ship. An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway.

UPDATE (11 p.m. PDT): Currently, one crew member has been rescued and search efforts continue for five additional crew members.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing with multiple Coast Guard and Navy air and surface assets.

Abraham Lincoln is homeported in San Diego.

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