Navy Helicopter Crash in San Diego Waters Ends with Remarkable Survival of All 6 Onboard
In a recent training incident, an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41 entered the water during routine exercises.
The Navy promptly responded to the situation, ensuring the safety of all crew members.
Evaluation and Investigation Underway
Due to the nature of the training, a safety boat was positioned nearby, and with the assistance of federal firefighters, the crew members were swiftly moved ashore.
Medical professionals are currently evaluating the crew members, and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.
The MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, described as the US Navy’s primary anti-submarine and surface warfare aircraft, is specially designed for various land and maritime operations from aviation ships or air-capable vessels.
Navy MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter Crash during Training Mission
According to CBS News, the incident occurred as new Naval Aviators and Aircrewmen were undergoing training to operate the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. This marks the second time this year that a US military aircraft has crashed during training missions.
In a separate incident, four United States service members safely ejected from a B-1B Lancer assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The incident happened earlier this month during a training mission, with the crew successfully ejecting before the crash.
The Ellsworth Air Force Base confirmed the incident on Facebook, stating that a board of officers will investigate the accident, and additional details will be provided as they become available.
The B-1B Lancer is described by the Air Force as a highly versatile, multi-mission weapon system, capable of carrying the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory.
The B-1B Lancer plays a crucial role in America’s long-range bomber force, delivering precision and non-precision weapons against adversaries worldwide.