SAN DIEGO — A Navy undersea search and salvage operation began this week to locate and recover an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter and the remains of the five crew members killed in an Aug. 31 crash near San Diego, Navy officials said. The Navy estimates the helicopter is on the sea floor 4,000 to 6,000 feet deep, according to the Navy's San Diego-based 3rd Fleet. Deep-sea search and recovery operations didn't immediately begin at the site in the days following the crash because the Navy had to scramble to bring the equipment necessary to search at such depth to San Diego from around the country, said Lt. Sam Boyle, a 3rd Fleet spokesperson. "The depth and distance from shore make this a complex operation," Boyle said. Advertisement According to the Naval Safety Center, on the day of the crash the Seahawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8, began vibrating side-to-side upon landing on the San Diego-based aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln. The vibration led to the aircraft's rotor striking the flight deck of the Lincoln, which in turn caused the helicopter to crash and fall overboard into the sea. One crew member on board the helicopter was rescued from the water. Five… Read full this story
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