Five U.S. Navy sailors were declared dead after disappearing after a helicopter crash off the California coast, according to a Navy news release on Saturday.
The US Third Fleet then moved its operation from search and rescue operations to recovery operations.
The MH-60S Seahawk helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Maritime Combat Squadron 8 and performed regular flight operations when the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln crashed into the sea.
According to a statement from the US Pacific Fleet, the aircraft was operating on the deck of the aircraft carrier before it crashed into the sea.
The incident occurred about 60 nautical miles off San Diego on Tuesday, August 31, at 4:30 pm local time.
According to a fleet statement, a sailor was rescued shortly after the helicopter crashed on Tuesday afternoon and remained stable at a San Diego hospital.
Five sailors of the aircraft carrier operated by the helicopter before the crash were also injured. Two of them were treated in a San Diego hospital and three were treated in the field for minor injuries.
In accordance with family respect and Navy policy, the identity of the deceased seafarer will be withheld until 24 hours after being notified to relatives.
According to a fleet statement, the transition to restoration work is to rescue survivors, including 34 search and rescue flights, more than 170 hours of flight time, five search helicopters, and a constant search for surface ships. It takes place after more than 72 hours of collaborative effort.
Units involved in this effort included Coast Guard District 11, USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Cincinnati, and helicopter squadrons from the US Pacific Fleet helicopter maritime combat wings and helicopter maritime attack wings.
Investigation of the case is underway.
The MH-60S Seahawk is typically used for anti-ship weapons, combat assistance, humanitarian disaster relief, combat search and rescue, and medical evacuation.