Navy Helicopter Carrying Six People Crashes Into San Diego Bay
SH-60 Navy Seahawk helicopter conducting high altitude training operations.
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A Navy helicopter carrying six crewmembers crashed into San Diego Bay on Thursday evening during a training exercise. 

All six crewmembers, who were operating a MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, survived and were rescued off the coast of Coronado by a nearby Navy boat after they went down at around 6:40 p.m. local time. 

“Due to the nature of the training, a safety boat was on location,” a statement from Cmdr. Beth Teach of the Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet said.  The crew members went through medical evaluation but none of them appeared to suffer any life-threatening injuries, according to the Navy. 

The Federal Fire Department San Francisco helped with the rescue, as did a helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard. The MH-60R Seahawk had been stationed at Naval Air Station North Island, according to Navy officials. 

The investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing. 

The Navy says that the MH-60R Seahawk is its “primary anti-submarine and surface warfare helicopter specially designed for all aspects of land or maritime operations from any aviation ship or air-capable vessel. The MH-60R has demonstrated unmatched multi-mission capabilities since achieving full operational capability in 2010 and has achieved the highest mission capable rates of any maritime helicopter.”

Its primary purpose is for anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, electromagnetic warfare, command and control, and non-combat operation, according to the Navy. 


The helicopter crash comes just one week after a B-1 Lancer bomber crashed in South Dakota, forcing the entire crew to eject during a training mission. 

The crash landing took place at Ellsworth Air Force Base during a training exercise. The 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth said that the accident happened while the plane was “attempting to land on the installation. At the time of the accident, it was on a training mission. There were four aircrew on board. All four ejected safely.”

There were reportedly poor winter weather conditions at the time of the crash, which is still being investigated by an officer board.

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