The five sailors who went missing and are assumed dead after their military helicopter crashed off the coast of San Diego on Tuesday were named by the US Navy on Sunday.
The sailors, belonging to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8, were assumed killed by the Navy on Saturday. They were conducting routine flight operations from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln when their MH-60S helicopter fell into the water about 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego on Tuesday.
During the crash, there were six individuals aboard the helicopter; one of the sailors was rescued.
Killed were: Lt. Bradley A. Foster, 29, a pilot from Oakhurst, Calif.; Lt. Paul R. Fridley, 28, a pilot from Annandale, Via.; Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class James P. Buriak, 31, from Salem, Va.; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park, Md.; and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21, from St. Louis.
The statement said fleet commanders have now shifted from search and rescue efforts to recovery operations after searching for the sailors for more than 72 hours.
The effort included 34 search and rescue flights over 170 hours of flight time. The Coast Guard District 11, Abraham Lincoln, USS Cincinnati, U.S. Pacific Fleet Helicopter Sea Combat Wing helicopter squadrons and Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing were each involved in the search.
An investigation is still ongoing, military officials said.
The crash occurred from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, the Navy said,.
The rescued sailor and two others aboard carrier when they were injured were taken ashore for medical care. Another three crew members also suffered minor injuries and remained on the vessel.
The helicopter “was operating on deck before crashing into the sea,” and didn’t confirm whether it was attempting a takeoff or landing.