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Two Crewmen Missing After Red Sea Crash of San Diego-based Navy Chopper

A Navy helicopter based out of Naval Air Station North Island crashed in the Red Sea on Sunday, and two of its five crew members were still unaccounted for as of Monday morning. A Navy spokesman said Monday morning that the three crew members that have been found in are in stable condition at an undisclosed hospital. The crash was not the result of hostile activity, the spokesman said, though the official cause is still under investigation.

The MH-60S Nighthawk helicopter went down in the central part of the Red Sea, which separates Africa and Asia. The chopper was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6, which has been assisting with operations being conducted by the San Diego-based missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. A search for the two missing crew members, meanwhile, is currently being conducted by several MH-60R Seahawk choppers from the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75.

September 23, 2013