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US Navy Helicopter Crashes Off San Diego Coast, Military Says

© AP Photo / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Quinton A. LeeIn this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, sailors assigned to an explosive ordnance unit board an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to head to an oil tanker that was attacked off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea on Friday, July 30, 2021.
In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, sailors assigned to an explosive ordnance unit board an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to head to an oil tanker that was attacked off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea on Friday, July 30, 2021.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.09.2021
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Search and rescue operations are now underway. It is still unclear exactly how many people were on board, but the aircraft usually operates with a crew of four, according to the Naval Air Systems Command.
An MH-60S helicopter has crashed into the sea off the coast of San Diego, California, while conducting "routine flight operations", the US Pacific Fleet confirmed on Tuesday.
One crew member of the MH-60S helicopter has been rescued, while five others are feared missing, reports said, citing the US Coast Guard.
The helicopter was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and crashed after taking off from the ship.
No information has been provided so far concerning possible casualties.
Marine Traffic showed several US Navy warships assisting in search and rescue operations in the area.
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