Tuesday’s afternoon helicopter crash off the coast of San Diego took the lives of 5 American sailors.
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The helicopter was functional, and functioning on the deck of the navy ship USS Abraham Lincoln, when all of a sudden, a malfunction crushed it from the battleship right into the ocean.
The five sailors that died in the tragedy were identified.
My deepest condolences to their closest families and friends. Such a tragedy probably couldn’t have even be predicted.
According to the report filed by the U.S. Navy, and the story published by the BL,
“Six sailors were injured, one on the helicopter and five on the ship, in addition to the five fatalities.
The names of the dead victims are Lt. Bradley A. Foster, 29, a pilot from Oakhurst, California; Lt. Paul R. Fridley, 28, a pilot from Annandale, Virginia; Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class James P. Buriak, 31, from Salem, Virginia; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park, Maryland; Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri.
“The U.S. Navy has declared the five missing crew members of this week’s MH-60S helicopter crash in the Pacific deceased, and shifted from search and rescue efforts to recovery operations today.” the US Pacific Fleet Tweeted in an announcement on Saturday, Sept. 4.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends, and shipmates,” the message continued.”
In accordance with Navy policy, the identities of the Sailors are being withheld for 24 hours following the notification of their next of kin. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and shipmates. More: https://t.co/ZyD163KlKj (2/2)
— U.S. Pacific Fleet (@USPacificFleet) September 4, 2021
Military support, humanitarian crisis assistance, and search and rescue are all duties of the MH-60S helicopter. It normally has a crew of four and belongs to the Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8.